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Austin Lillywhite

Austin Lillywhite

Educational Background

Cornell University, MA
Brown University, BA


Austin Lillywhite is a PhD candidate in English focusing on 20th and 21st century American and Caribbean literature, continental philosophy, and theory, with an emphasis on issues of embodiment, race, gender and sexuality.

His past work on posthumanism and new materialism has been published in Diacritics and Chiasma. Most recently, his work theorizing an embodied phenomenological approach to literature was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Ralph Cohen Prize from New Literary History.

His work has been funded by a grant for research in sustainability from the Society for the Humanities. He is also the recipient of the Society for the Humanities’ Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year, centered on the theme of “Fabrication.”


  • Society for the Humanities
  • Literatures in English


  • Phenomenology and the lived experience of the body
  • Black Queer Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Posthumanism and new materialism


Fall 2021