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Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem (she/her) completed a Ph.D. in English at The Graduate Center-CUNY in 2012. She is Professor of English at Kingsborough-CUNY and has taught at The Graduate Center-CUNY, Drew University, Hunter College-CUNY, and Eugene Lang College of the New School. Maureen is a postcolonial and Irish studies scholar working on Anglophone writing of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries; she specializes in historical literature with a particular focus on Ireland and African America as well as the literatures of partition more generally. Her research looks at the borders imposed through partition schemes and other imperial processes; at political justice, especially reparations (economic, human rights); at social justice of race, class, and gender; and at the poetics of conflict, trauma, and silence in poetry and narrative. Maureen’s first book, The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands appeared from Palgrave in 2015. In 2019, Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian, a second book-length study, was brought out by Rowman and Littlefield. In 2020, Routledge, Inc. published Maureen’s third monograph, Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’: The Case for Reparations, and a collection she co-edited, for which she wrote the theoretical introduction, The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter. Recent articles include “A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition” (Synthesis, 2016) and “Drawing the Border, Queering the Nation: Nation Trouble in Breakfast on Pluto and The Crying Game” (Gender Forum, 2016). The article “Architecting the Carceral State: The Fragment in Medbh McGuckian’s Diaries and Walter Benjamin’s ‘Theses’” is to appear in a special issue of Review of Irish Studies in Europe (RISE), Vol. 4, no. 2 (2021). Maureen is at work on two new collections: the volume Imperial Debt, on reparations for modern era imperialism; and she was commissioned to edit The Routledge Research Companion to Toni Morrison. She is currently serving a three-year term on the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities (CAFPRR). Before entering academia, Maureen worked in the business world while raising her two children, Professor Cynthia Fadem (Earlham College) and Brooklyn restaurateur, Mike Fadem. She lives in Brooklyn.

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