Frank Rashid
PhD, Professor Emeritus

About Me

Lifelong Detroiter Frank D. Rashid began teaching English at Marygrove in 1980. He was department chair from 1998 until 2007 and Faculty Assembly president from 2008 until 2012. In 2015, he was appointed dean of faculty. A co-founder of Marygrove's Institute for Detroit Studies, he taught an interdisciplinary Detroit Studies course with historian Thomas Klug and sociologist Mary Byrnes. Rashid is editor of the Literary Map of Detroit and co-editor of a book on Tiger Stadium. He has also published on Detroit in literature and the poetry of Lawrence Joseph, Robert Hayden, and Emily Dickinson. Active in local social causes, Rashid works on housing and neighborhood issues and has long opposed public subsidies for professional sports and other forms of corporate welfare.

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Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Awards for Service and Scholarship

  • Detroit City Council's Spirit of Detroit Award

Areas of Interest

  • American literature

  • Detroit in literature

  • Detroit history, politics, and culture

Research Projects

  • Literary Map of Detroit


  • "Interrogating the Urban Crisis: Teaching Detroit in Literature." Teaching Space, Place, and Literature. Ed. Robert T. Tally, Jr. New York: Routledge, forthcoming (2017).

  • "Losing Tiger Stadium, 1987-1999: A Detroit Story." Tiger Stadium: Essays And Memories Of The Detroit Tigers' Historic Ballpark, 1896-2009. Eds. Michael Betzold, John Davids, Bill Dow, John Pastier, and Frank Rashid. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, forthcoming (2017).

  • "Shifting Stories: Codes of Violence: Two Perspectives on Lawrence Joseph." Jacket 2 9 Feb. 2012: (Republication of two earlier essays: "Lawrence Joseph's Detroit: 'The Shifting Story.'" University of Cincinnati Law Review 77 [2009]: 885-903 and "'Transparent Eye, Voice Howling Within': Codes of Violence in Lawrence Joseph's Poetry." PMLA 123 [2008]: 1611-1620.)


  • BA, University of Detroit

  • Ph.D., University of Detroit

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