Seph Rodney was born in Jamaica, and came of age in the Bronx, New York. He has an English degree from Long Island University, a studio art MFA from the University of California, and has submitted a research PhD thesis at Birkbeck College, University of London on how the rhetorical figure of the visitor has changed in art museum discourse in the last generation and how this change is conditioned by UK government cultural policy, the new museology, the onset of an experience economy and the rise of marketing and branding as the primary methods for visitor engagement and audience development.
He writes about contemporary art for several publications, which include Hyperallergic, Artillery Magazine, and the Nomadic Journal. He created, produced, and hosted a radio show in London called The Thread, broadcast on Resonance FM from 2008-2011. He has been a featured speaker in the Favorite Poem Project.