Dr. Robert Fanuzzi

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Associate Professor

B.A., College of William and Mary

M.A., Northwestern University

Ph.D., Northwestern University



Research Focus: 18th and 19th Century American Literature; African-American Literature

Robert Fanuzzi joined St. John’s in 1993 with an M. A. and Ph. D. in American Literature from Northwestern University, where he was a Presidential Fellow.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a B. A. in English and Philosophy.  Since becoming a member of the department, he has served as a University Senator and as a member of the University Core Curriculum committee.  In 2001, he was given the Martin Luther King Award and in 2002, he was named a Man of Distinction on the Staten Island campus.   St. John’s gave him its Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Award in 2006.

Fanuzzi’s main area of research is the American and trans-Atlantic antislavery movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  His many scholarly articles and essays have appeared in such journals as American Literature and American Literary History, and in the essay anthology, The Black Press:  New Literary and Historical Essays.  His book, Abolition’s Public Sphere, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2003, is a study of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, and the print culture of the New England abolition movement.  Since then, Fanuzzi has compiled a collection of international antislavery literature for Modern Library and is completing a new book on French political commentary on American slavery and race relations.  His emphasis in this research and in his recent teaching has been the place of mixed-race peoples in the United States and the role of inter-racial politics in international movements of liberation.

Fanuzzi is a member of the editorial board of ESQ:  A Journal of the American Renaissance, and a manuscript reader for American Quarterly.  He has given over twenty papers on his research interests at national professional conferences and is a member of Columbia University and City University of New York seminars on the topics of American culture and international politics.