Yanie Fecu

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: fecu@wisc.edu

DEGREES AND INSTITUTIONS

  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • B.A. Comparative Literature and Musicology, Williams College

INTERESTS

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, History of Technology, Postcolonial Theory, Caribbean Studies

RESEARCH

Yanie Fecu is a scholar specializing in race, technology, and the Caribbean. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and held a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Departments of Music and Africana Studies before joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor. Her research focuses on two overlapping areas: science and technology studies and Caribbean cultural production.

She is currently revising her book manuscript, which examines the convergence of literary, musical, and technological turns to noise in Caribbean media and politics in the wake of global anticolonial struggles. Her work is forthcoming in American Literary History, The Aesthetic Life of Infrastructure, and The Cambridge Companion to the Black Body in American Literature. Her research has received generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Before pursuing the PhD, Yanie received a postgraduate fellowship and spent a year conducting ethnographic research on vocal polyphony and nation-building in Morocco, Brazil, Estonia, and Georgia. Prior to this, she received a two-year undergraduate fellowship to research sociolinguistics and Caribbean religious music. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Musicology from Williams College. She is a classically trained pianist.

COURSES

“Words, Music, Diaspora,” “Empire of the Senses,” “Postcolonial Futures,” “Noise and American Culture”