Faculty Council

Howard Rambsy II, PhD, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

is Distinguished Research Professor of Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where he teaches courses on black literary art, rap music, and comic books. He has coordinated more than 200 public humanities projects, including exhibits, audio productions, online reading groups, web-based projects on African American fiction and poetry, and two NEH Summer Institutes on Frederick Douglass. He is the author of The Black Arts Enterprise (2011) and most recently, Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers (2020). He is the creator of Remarkable Receptions -- a podcast about responses to African American literary and artistic productions. Howard designs the curriculum for a series of cultural studies courses for first-year Black college students at SIUE.   Since joining the SIUE faculty, Professor Rambsy has received approximately $1 million in external grant funding, where he has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council.   

Tougaloo College | BA in English and History in 1999
Pennsylvania State University | MA English 2001 and PhD English 2004