Jane Rhodes is the dean for the study of race and ethnicity and a professor of American studies at Macalester College. Her scholarship has focused on African American freedom struggles in the 19th and 20th centuries, the role of media and culture in social movements, and the politics of gender in African American communities. Her publications include Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century (Indiana University Press, 1998) and Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (New Press, 2007).
At Radcliffe, Rhodes will work on a biography of Marie Battle Singer, a black American expatriate who left the United States in the aftermath of World War II to study psychoanalysis with Anna Freud. Singer settled in London, where she married a Scottish poet, earned a doctorate, and became a renowned psychoanalyst and Cambridge don. This project will examine Singer’s migration and her process of reinvention. Rhodes will investigate Singer’s participation in the largely female community of psychoanalysts at the Hampstead Clinic and how she used Freudian analysis to make sense of raced and gendered trauma. Singer’s story is situated within the context of civil rights upheavals in the United States and Britain.
Rhodes earned a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been the recipient of a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a research residency at the University of London.