Sydnee Wagner

PhD Candidate

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Sydnee Wagner is a PhD Candidate studying early modern English literature and culture at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, Outlandish People: Gypsies, Race, and Fantasies of National Identity in Early Modern England, uses critical race theory, queer theory, affect theory, and biopolitics to focus on the construction of England’s white national project through the figure of the Gypsy. By focusing on notions of racial materiality, sexuality, and witchcraft, the dissertation project fleshes out the technologies of race making employed in literary and visual representations of early modern Gypsies. Ms. Wagner is also a published poet, with work featured in Quail Bell Magazine, Drunken Boat Journal, and Bettering American Poetry 2015.