Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard is an assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He writes and teaches about literacy, rhetoric and their intersections with fashion, beauty, popular culture, identity, and power. He was born and raised in Queens, New York.
He is the creator and editor of Glamourtunist.com - a Fashion editorial blog focused on fashion, beauty and pop culture. He is also the editor of "Sartorial Politics, Intersectionality, and Queer Worldmaking" a special issue of QED.: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.
His article “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” in Harvard Educational Review won the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Lavender Rhetoric Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship.
He is the author of the award-winning Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. This book analyzes the life stories of sixty Black LGBTQ people along with archival documents, literature, and film.
He is currently at work on two new book projects including a biography of 1980s fashion superstar Patrick Kelly.