EVANSTON, Ill. --- Alexander G. Weheliye, associate professor of African American Studies and English at Northwestern University, has received the 2006 Modern Language Association (MLA) William Sanders Scarborough Prize for “Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity” (Duke University Press, 2005).
The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture published the previous year. Scarborough was the first African American member of the MLA. The award carries a $1000 cash prize.
Weheliye teaches African American and Afro-Diasporic Literature and Culture, critical theory, cultural studies, and popular culture.
Currently he is working on two interrelated projects. The first, Technologies of Humanity, concerns the vexed role of the human in Western modernity as it pertains to Afro-Diasporic culture over the last 150 years. The second, Modernity Hesitant: The Poetics of W.E.B. DuBois and Walter Benjamin, charts the various literary and philosophical styles in the oeuvre of these two intellectuals.
Weheliye's work has been published in Amerikastudien/American Studies, the New Centennial Review, Public Culture and Social Text.