Bryan Sinche

Bryan Sinche graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A.) and completed a teaching certificate as part of his undergraduate education. He went on to teach  in the public schools in Michigan, Massachusetts, and North Carolina before beginning graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., Ph.D.). Trained in American literature and American studies, Dr. Sinche wrote a  dissertation examining the confluence of antebellum American sea literature and political debates over social class. The dissertation is the basis of his current book project, Sailors, Slaves and Savages: Contests for Citizenship in the Antebellum Sea Narrative, which explores social class and citizenship within fictional and non-fictional sea narratives by Herman Melville, Richard Henry Dana, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany and a host of now-forgotten sailors.


In addition to his research on the sea narrative, Dr. Sinche teaches and researches nineteenth-century African-American literature. He helped to authenticate and has published on The Bondwoman’s Narrative, and his current research projects include an analysis of song in the post bellum works of William Wells Brown and an examination of American iconography in the maritime writings of Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany.


Bryan Sinche

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