Faculty Profile: Roxane Pickens
With a scholarly background in the field of American Studies, Pickens also serves as the Director of the American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. From 2012 to date, she has taught introductory and intermediate courses for the program on U.S. identity construction and the rhetorics of racial/ethnic festive and expressive culture. She began a three-year term as program director in fall 2020 and was Interim Director for 2018-19.
Pickens has worked at University of Miami since 2007, when she joined the faculty of the Composition Program in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences. For over ten years, she taught introductory writing courses that focus on identity construction, culture, community, and play. In her capacity as part of the writing faculty, she regularly tutored in the Writing Center and served as its Assistant Director from 2014 to 2017.
Earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Pickens completed a dissertation project that explores identity and festivity in Harlem Renaissance/Jazz Age literature and expressive culture. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, she earned a B.A. in American Studies from the former Newcomb College at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA). She holds memberships with the American Library Association, the American Studies Association, and the Modern Language Association.
Research & Teaching Interests: interdisciplinarity and cultural literacies in library settings; teaching with primary resources; diversity/equity/inclusion in academic spaces; American Studies; African American literature/culture; U.S. identity construction; rhetorical dimensions of ethnic festive/expressive culture