Mark Sanders

Mark  Sanders

Mark A. Sanders is a faculty member of the English and Africana Studies departments at the University of Notre Dame.  He specializes in early twentieth-century American and African American literature and culture, more specifically, the connections between "mainstream" American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. His research interests also include American and African American poetics, race theory, the African American novel, African American autobiography, and Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latino literature and culture. Professor Sanders teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century African American literature and culture, exploring issues of racial and cultural identity, citizenship, and freedom. He also teaches courses on Afro-Cuban literature and culture of the colonial, republican, and revolutionary eras. Professor Sanders recently published A Black Soldier’s Story: The Narrative of Ricardo Batrell and the Cuban War of Independence, a translation of Batrell’s original memoir, Para la historia: Apuntes autobiograficos de la vida de Ricardo Batrell Oviedo, 1912. Professor Sanders is now working on a republication of the original for a Cuban audience and a collected volume of poetry by Anne Spencer. He comes to the University of Notre Dame most recently from Emory University where he held multiple appointments including leading the Department of African American Studies and has held multiple leadership roles in national and international organizations. Professor Sanders received his BA from Oberlin College and his PhD from Brown University.