Samantha Pergadia


Assistant Professor


Office: DH G25
Phone: 214-768-0731
Email: spergadia[@]

Educational Background

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Princeton University


Samantha Pergadia is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Methodist University. Her research and teaching interests include African American literature, Post45 and contemporary American literature, critical race theory, feminist theory, and animal studies. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. from Princeton University.

Her current book project, Race and Species, examines how contemporary minority artists—from Toni Morrison to Octavia Butler—reformulate the relationship between race and species in the service of a multispecies ethics. Race and Species redresses the schism between animal studies and critical race theory, fields that regard the comparison between racialized humans and nonhuman animals as either expedient for animal liberation or appropriative of racial violence. This project instead illustrates how these authors suture together race and species as material, rhetorical, and ethical concepts. Samantha’s article published on this research, “Like an Animal: Genres of the Nonhuman in the Neo-Slave Novel,” received the Darwin T. Turner Award, granted annually for the best essay published with African American Review. Her work has also appeared in Feminist Studies and Eighteenth-Century Studies.



  “Realism,” in The Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies (forthcoming)

“Dairy Tales: The Racial and Gendered Work of Cows in Children’s Literature,” American Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Toward Black Animality Studies,” Contemporary Literature, Vol. 61, No. 3 (2020).

Review of John Morillo, The Rise of Animals and Descent of Man, 1660-1800: Toward Posthumanism in British Literature between Descartes and Darwin, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 53, No. 1 (2019)

“Like an Animal: Genres of the Nonhuman in the Neo-Slave Novel,” African American Review, Vol. 52, No. 1 (2018). Winner of the Darwin T. Turner Award.

“Geologies of Sex and Gender: Excavating the Materialism of Gayle Rubin and Judith Butler,” Feminist Studies, Vol. 44, No. 1 (2018).