Ayesha Hardison


Ayesha Hardison
  • Associate Professor
  • English
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Contact Info

Phone:
Wescoe Hall, Room 3109
318 Blake Hall, Room 324

Biography

Professor Hardison is currently at work on a literary history of the civil rights movement tentatively titled Specters of Segregation in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination.  She served as the Langston Hughes Visiting Professor in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the fall of 2014. 

Research

Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century African American literature; gender and sexuality studies; cultural history and theory

Selected Publications

 

Book 

 

Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, American Literatures Initiative, University of Virginia Press, May 2014.  

 

Selected Articles

 

“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 46.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2013): 217-235.

Awards & Honors

Nancy Dasher Award, College English Association of Ohio, Writing through Jane Crow, 2015.

 

Choice Outstanding Academic Title from American Library Association, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature2014.

 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: Rethinking Black Freedom Studies from the Jim Crow North to the Jim Crow West, directed by Komozi Woodard and Jeanne Theoharis, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, NY, June 15-26, 2015.

 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Contemporary African American Literature, directed by Lovalerie King, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, July 8-28, 2012.

 

The National Academies Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, African American Studies Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010-2011.

 

Black Metropolis Research Consortium Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies, Chicago, IL, July-August 2009.

The National Academies Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006.