Assistant Professor
Department of English and Comparative Literature


Brief Biography

Before arriving at The American University in Cairo, Balthazar Beckett taught at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University and at San Quentin State Prison in the Bay Area and for Brooklyn and Queens Colleges in New York City. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. His work has appeared in Callaloo, South Atlantic Review, Poverty and Race, Small Axe/sxsalon, Social Text Online, Kritikon Litterarum, African American National Biography, and Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press, 2016), for which he also served as guest editor. 

      • Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center (2016)
      • M.Phil., City University of New York, Graduate Center (2012)
      • M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2007)
    Research Interest
    • Critical Race Theory
    • Twentieth Century Urbanism
    • Social Movements
    • Decolonization
    • Ecocriticism
    • Anti-Speciesim
    • Mass Incarceration
    • Postcolonial Theory