English @ OU

Ayesha K. Hardison

Associate Professor

Primary Interests: twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American literature, cultural history and theory, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies

Secondary Interests: film, twentieth-century and contemporary media, popular culture studies, postcolonial theory, circum-Atlantic studies

Office: Ellis 332
Office Phone: 593-2775
Office Hours: Professor Hardison will be on leave Fall 2014.
Email: hardison@ohio.edu


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature (University of Virginia Press 2014)

“Where Author and Auteur Meet: Genre, the Erotic, and Black Female Subjectivity.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 12.1 (April 2014): 88-120.
“Crossing the Threshold: Zora Neale Hurston, Racial Performance, and Seraph on the Suwanee.” African American Review 46.2 (in press)
Review of Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture by Stefanie K. Dunning MELUS (Fall 2010): 228-230.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Conference Presentations

“What is Black Liberation?: Fettered to the Past in Night Catches Us.” College Language Association (CLA), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, March 26-29, 2014.
“‘A Thin Line Between Labor and Pleasure’: The Domestic Revolution in Maud Martha.” The Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), Agnes Scott College, Decatur/ Atlanta, GA, March 13-16, 2013.
“Mapping an American Daughter: Incidents in the Life of Era Bell Thompson.” Modern Language Association (MLA), Boston, MA, January 3-6, 2013.
“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.
“‘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.

Fellowships and Awards
Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Fall 2014
Junior Fellow, The Charles J. Ping Institute, Ohio University, 2011-2014
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute on Contemporary African American Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, July 8-28, 2012
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

Elected, Executive Committee, Black American Literature and Culture Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA), 2010-2014


English 3230, American Literature 1918 to the Present
English 3250, Women and Literature
English 3370, African American Literature the Beginning to 1930
English 3390, African American Literature 1930 to the Present
English 5350, African American Literature

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