Research Keywords

  • Urban Cultural Studies
  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature and Studies
  • Housing and Geography
  • Black Feminism
  • African American Literature


  • “Looking for Langston in Danez: Queer Aesthetics, Universal Songs.” Black History Month: Honoring LGBTQ+ Literaries. Linn-Benton Community College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/17/2021.
  • “Literary Endings and Speculative Futures in Gloria Naylor’s Fiction.” “Black Women and the Question of Futurity” session. 2020 Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. Conference Paper, Presented, 01/11/2020.
  • “Reclaiming Spaces of Play: The Outdoors and Diaspora in Dayveon and Moonlight.” “Ecologies of Black Childhood" panel. Co-organizer and presenter at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/10/2018.
  • "Questions of Gender in African-American Literature." Panelist at the Transitions and Transactions III: Literature and Journalism Pedagogies in Community Colleges Conference. New York, NY. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/20/2018.
  • “Taking the Long View: Ekphrastic Art as a Housing Justice Tool.” Roundtable participant at the 46th Annual NeMLA Convention. Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/30/2015.
  • “The Disruption of Pleasure in L’Esquive.” Presentation at French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on “New Worlds, New Spaces.” Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/27/2010.

Other Profile Data

Assistant researcher and editor for Audrey Petty’s High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing. San Francisco: Voice of Witness Press, 2013.



  • French, functional.


  • Crystal Rudds (2022). On Perspective and Value: Black Urbanism, Black Interiors, and Public Housing Fiction. American Literature. Accepted, 02/22/2022.
  • Crystal S. Rudds & Eds. Cameron McCarthy, Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer, and Robert Mejia (2011). “Displaced Bodies and Governmentality: Lessons from the CHA Website.” New Times: Making Sense of Critical/Cultural Theory in a Digital Age. (pp. 229-253). Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. Published, 05/2011.