Biography

Paul J. Edwards is a doctoral candidate in Boston University’s American and New England Studies Program, where he has also completed a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He is also the current facilitator for BU’s Critical Pedagogies Forum. Formerly a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow (2012-2015) and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) research fellow (2015-2016), he will be a Dissertation Fellow at the Boston University Center for the Humanities in the Spring of 2017. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Music with a focus on ethnomusicology and American music history. His work in race and gender consider the ways discourses precede human interaction and often becomes obstacles for human contact. His methodology and analysis synthesize Michel Foucault, Carl Jung, Judith Butler, and Eve Sedgwick to focus on the epistemology and ontology of gender and race. At the heart of this methodology is a concern with how race functions in different contexts especially in the late 19th- and early 20th-century.

He has presented papers on various subjects, including Civil War-themed popular music, suburban sound constructs, and pre-Marxist socialism in the United States. His dissertation “Louis Douglas and Jonny Spielt Auf, Performing Blackness in Interwar Germany” looks into cultural exchanges between the United States and Germany during the interwar period (1919-1939). He has spoken at Drew University, Rutgers University, the Institute for Modern Language Research at the Universty of London, and the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University Berlin (Freie Universität).

He can be reached at pjohnsonedwards at gmail dot com