Director, African American Studies Program
Office: English Department, Radford 205
African American Studies Office, Sage 3465
Phone: 920-424-2254 English
Phone: 920-424- 0944 African American Studies
I specialize in African American literature, with an emphasis on crime fiction.
- The 10-volume Harlem crime fiction series, Chester Himes
- Maud Martha, Gwendolyn Brooks
- At the Dark End of the Street, Danielle McGuire
- The Price of the Ticket, a collection of essays by James Baldwin
- If He Holler Let him Go, Chester Himes
- PhD, University of Maryland - College Park, English
- MA, University of Maryland - College Park, English
- BS, Antioch University, Political Science/American History
- AAS 100: Introduction to African American Studies
- ENG 371: African American Women’s Literature
- ENG 327: African American Detective Fiction
- ENG 219: African American Literature Survey
- HONORS 229: Introduction to African American Literature
- ENG 319: African American Literature
- ENG 331: Contemporary Literature: African American Short Fiction
Selected Publications and/or Activities:
- "A Comparative Assessment: Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure Man Dies, Chester Himes's Blind Man with a Pistol, and Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo," Critical Perspectives: Crime and Detective Fiction, edited by Rebecca Martin, EBSCO Publishing, 2012.
- American Literature Association, "Crime Fiction Symposium," September 22-24, 2011, Savannah, GA, paper titled "On Manliness: Chester Himes' Harlem, Hip-Hop Culture, and Telling Details in Clothing," on a panel titled "Varieties in Crime Fiction."
- 2010 Film and History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television, Moderator, November 11-14, 2010, Milwaukee, WI. I served as an area chair for “Blaxploitation Films: What’s Love Got to Do with It?”, three panels.
- Dean’s Symposium, COLS, UW Oshkosh, September 22, 2010, “Chester Himes and His Influence on Racial Uplift Traditions.”
- XXXth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, “Hiding in Plain Sight: Legacies of Racial Violence in U.S. Popular Culture,” panel on “The Various Meanings of Trauma II,” New York University Law School, NYC, NY, June 28-July 2, 2009.
- Chester Himes Symposium, paper presented, “Then What about Rabelais? Himes’s ‘Search for a Street,’” Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, March 2, 2009.
- ‘Living in the Shade of the White Metropolis’: Class Dynamics in Chester Himes’ Harlem.” Color, Hair, and Bone: Race in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Linden Lewis and Glyne Griffith, Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2008.
- Curriculum Vitae