Renée Marie Baron was born in New York City and is an expert in African-American and Caribbean literatures and cultures. She is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences and has presented papers at conferences in the U.S., Paris, Belize, and the French West Indies and authored several articles and reviews. Baron is currently writing a book on the relationship between African-Americans and Caribbean immigrants during the Harlem Renaissance. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty at Juilliard in 2004 she taught at Howard University and Hofstra University.
Baron holds a BA from Amherst College, a MA from Yale University, and a PhD from George Washington University.