Molly Rogers


Molly Rogers is a writer and independent scholar. Originally from Northern California, she studied film production and art history at Boston University and subsequently worked as a location scout for the motion picture industry in Massachusetts. Later, as a graduate student of art history at Rice University in Houston, Texas, she pursued an interest in photography and its histories.

In 2001, Molly received an urban writing award for an essay on Chelsea, New York City, and in 2003 her short story “Some Kind of Accident” was produced for the BBC Radio 4 program Opening Lines. By this time she was also researching early anthropological photography and scientific racism in nineteenth-century America for her book Delia’s Tears (Yale, 2010), which uses fiction and non-fiction writing to tell the story behind a group of photographs of American slaves.

Beginning with her work on the photographs of slaves, her approach has been to conduct research on a topic while producing varied texts – including fiction, drama and scholarly writing – that explore the research material in different ways. The historical research that went into Delia’s Tears also resulted in a short play that was produced in 2001 and an article published in the peer-reviewed journal History of Photography.

Molly is currently pursuing two projects, both of which will result in fiction and non-fiction writing. The first is on fear and the Cold War, and the second is about the American oil industry in Mexico in the early twentieth century; both projects derive from her family history and will examine the genre of life writing. She also continues to write on the history of photography.

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