Robert MacLean

Robert Maclean

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: English
Phone: 330-263-1907
Office Address: 214 Kauke


  • PhD, University of Michigan 2011
  • MA, University of Michigan 2004
  • BA, College of Wooster 1999

Courses Taught

  • Sound & Voice in African-American Literature
  • ILCS:  Unreal Cities
  • The Black Atlantic:  From Slave Ships to Hip Hop
  • Black Internationalism and the Cold War


African American cultural and intellectual history; music studies, especially jazz and “creative improvised music”; sound studies; black radicalism; critical theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis; teaching interests also include 20th c. U.S. arts and culture; minstrelsy in the 20th century; the 1970s in politics, film, and pop music; historiography and methodology, i.e. “theory for historians”; and speculative fiction.

Work in Progress

After Modern Jazz: Black Music and Decolonization (book manuscript, forthcoming)


On many Sunday afternoons can be heard on WCWS 90.9FM broadcasting a segment called “Try Some Ammonia,” a part of the TransGlobal Groove Collective.