Early life and education
A native North Carolinian, Reid-Pharr holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and both an M.A. in African American studies and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University.
In 2016 he was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and visiting professor of gender and sexuality at Harvard University. In 2018, Reid-Pharr became Harvard's first professor of women, gender, and sexuality. His essays have appeared in Callaloo, Social Text, African American Review, American Literary History, AfterImage, Radical America, and American Literature. He has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015 he was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.
Reid-Pharr has taught at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago, the University of Oregon, the University of Oxford, the American University of Beirut, Swarthmore College, and the College of William and Mary. His collection of essays Black, Gay, Man: Essays won the 2002 Randy Shilts Award for Best Gay Non-fiction given by the Publishing Triangle. His book Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of Conjugal Union:The Body, the House, and the Black American (Oxford University Press, 1999); and Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique (NYU 2016) for which he received an honorable mention for the 2017 William Sanders Scarborough Prize of the Modern Language Association.
- Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American (ISBN 978-0195104028)
- Black Gay Man: Essays (with introduction by Samuel R. Delany) (ISBN 978-0814775035)
- Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (ISBN 978-0814775844)
- Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain and Post-Humanist Critique (ISBN 978-1479843626)
- "Robert Reid-Pharr". Harvard University: Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality faculty profile. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Robert Reid-Pharr Named 2016 Matthiessen Professor". Harvard Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Harvard University. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "Robert F. Reid-Pharr." John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - Fellows.
- Dixon, Brandon J. (29 June 2018). "Gender Studies Appoints Robert Reid-Pharr to Professorship". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- Bogliasco Foundation - Fellows.
- "Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars to induct 15 new members." Johns Hopkins Magazine 09 April 2015.
- Publishing Triangle - Awards Overview
- NYU Press publication page for 2007 publication: Reid-Pharr, Robert. Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual. New York: New York University Press, 2007.
- NYU Press publication page for 2016 publication: Reid-Pharr, Robert. Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique. New York: New York University Press, 2016.
- McRuer, Robert (1 June 2006). "Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability". NYU Press. Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via Google Books.