Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Duke University

Professor Edwards specializes in African American literature, gender and sexuality, and black political culture.  She is the author of Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), which won the Modern Language Asosciation’s 12th annual William Sanders Scarborough prize. Her work, published in such journals as American Quarterly, Callaloo, American Literary History, and Black Camera, shows how contemporary African American literature challenges us to think in new ways about the relationships between African American narrative, American popular culture, and the contemporary history of black politics and black social movements. Professor Edwards is currently at work on a book on African American literature and the War on Terror.

Recent Courses:

  • African American Visual Culture (English/MCS 145K)
  • The Racial Past (English 278: Seminar in Minority Discourses)
  • African American Literature Through the Harlem Renaissance (English 138A)
  • African American Since the Harlem Renaissance (English 138B)
  • Toni Morrison (English 128X)

Selected publications: