Tessa Roynon is the Acting Academic Programme Director and a Supernumerary Research and Teaching Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute.  Dr Roynon is a specialist in modern North American literature, particularly African American literature, in Anglophone literature of the black diaspora, and in Classical Reception studies. Her research centres on the interactions between all of these.

She convenes the Fiction and Human Rights Network, which she co-founded at TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) in 2015. In 2016-17 she was the co-ordinator of the TORCH Research Programme, Race and Resistance Across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century, and continues to serve on its steering group. She is Executive Editor of the affiliated book series, Race and Resistance Across Borders, at Peter Lang, which she co-founded in 2014. She founded the Race and Resistance Programme's blog, 'Voices Across Borders', in 2014, and served as its editor until July 2017. 

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