Mark Sanders

Professor of English and Africana Studies

Director, Initiative on Race and Resilience

July 28, 2022; Mark A. Sanders (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Department of English

Mark Sanders researches and teaches African American and Afro-Latin American literature and culture. He examines the ways in which Blacks across the Western Hemisphere participate in local, national, and international print cultures of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries to ameliorate material, social, and political conditions. His courses include Early African American Prose, Twentieth-Century and Contemporary African American Poetry, African American Autobiography, and Afro-Cuban Literature and Culture.

Sanders’ books include Sterling A. Brown’s A Negro Looks at the South (co-edited with John Edgar Tidwell) and A Black Soldier’s Story: The Narrative of Ricardo Batrell and the Cuban War of Independence. He is currently co-editing and co-translating (with Nohora Arrieta Fernández) the poetry of Pedro Blas Julio Romero and Rómulo Bustos Aguirre, two contemporary Afro-Colombian poets.

In addition, he currently serves as the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience.