Ayesha K. Hardison
Primary Interests: twentieth century African American literature, cultural history and theory, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and postcolonial theory.
Secondary Interests: film, twentieth century visual media, circum Atlantic studies, and popular culture studies.
Office: Ellis 332
Office Phone: 593-2775
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture by Stefanie K. Dunning MELUS 35.3 (Fall 2010): 228-230. (Review)
“Crossing the Threshold: Zora Neale Hurston, Racial Performance, and Seraph on the Suwanee” (Forthcoming in African American Review)
Works in Progress
“Writing Through Jane Crow: Race, Gender, and Genre, 1940-1954” (Monograph)
“The Author and the Auteur: Historicizing the Erotic in Martha Southgate’s Third Girl from the Left” (Article)
Selected Conference Presentations
“Living Jane Crow: Pauli Murray’s Song in a Weary Throat.” Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers Panel, American Literature Association (ALA) Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 27-30, 2010.
“Race in ‘Rome’ and Gender ‘from the Left’: Martha Southgate’s Post-Soul Aesthetic.” Celebrating Contemporary African American Literature: The Novel Since 1988 Conference, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, October 23-24, 2009.
“Reading and Defining Womanhood in Maud Martha.” “Evolutionary Momentum,” Conference in Honor of Professor Winston Napier, Clark University, Worcester, MA, February 27-28, 2009.
“Is There Still Power in the Erotic?: Post-Feminism’s Consequence for Black Female Sexuality.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference, San Francisco, CA, December 27-30, 2008.
“‘She Ruled a Pygmy Kingdom’: Dorothy West’s Predatory Woman.” The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA) Conference, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands, June 25-28, 2008.
“In the (W)right Tradition? Gendering Social Criticism in Ann Petry’s The Street.” The International Centennial Conference Celebrating 100 Years of Richard Wright, The American University of Paris, France, June 19-21, 2008.
“Reading Her Mind: The Racial Performance Discourse of Zora Neale Hurston and Seraph on the Suwanee.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) Conference, William and Mary College, Williamsburg, VA, April 17-20, 2008.
Richard Wright Roundtable Discussion. Multi-Ethnic Literatures and Studies (MELUS) Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, March 27-30, 2008.
Fellowships and Awards
Junior Fellow, The Charles J. Ping Institute, Ohio University, 2011-2014
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010-2011
Faculty Development Award, Ohio University, 2010
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies, Chicago, IL, 2009
Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) “Community of Scholars” Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2005
Elected, Executive Committee, Black American Literature and Culture Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA), 2010-2014
Invited Member, Fellowship Review Panel, Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), 2011