Michelle A. Jones

Michelle A. Jones
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant


Michelle Jones (she/her) is a first-year Ph.D. student on the Literature track with interest in further developing research concerning the complex representation of black female fictional characters. A graduate of Fisk University (B.A. in English, minor Women & Gender Studies) and Eastern Illinois University (M.A. in English, concentration Literary Studies). Jones’s scholarly interests include Black Feminist Literature, Gender & Cultural Studies, and Feminist Theory.


B.A. in English with minor in Women & Gender Studies, Fisk University
M.A. in English with Literacy Studies concentration, Eastern Illinois University

Selected Presentations

“Hurston and Religion: Voodoo, Christianity, and Atheism.” MELUS 2022-Awakenings, Reckonings, and Multi-Ethnic Literature: Woke, Now What?, The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, New Orleans, LA, March 2022.

“Madonna, Sapphire, and Jezebel: The Representation of Black Women in Fictional Literature.” NEH Summer Institute Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future: Virtual Mini Conference, University of Kansas, January 2022.

“Lesser Known Hurston Works.” Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future; An NEH Virtual Summer Institute for Higher Education Faculty, University of Kansas, July 2021.

“Theater Development: Constructions of Theater and Film in Evolving Culture.” English Studies Conference 2018, Eastern Illinois University, April 2018.

“Culture vs. Literature: The Representation of Single Mothers in African-American Literature.” Fisk Research Symposium 2017, Fisk University, April 2017.

“Culture vs. Literature: The Representation of Single Mothers in African-American Literature.” UNCF/Mellon MMUF Southeastern Regional Conference, Emory University: Host, Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, November 2016.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

UNCF Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), Fellow


Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society, Lifetime Member; National Association of Colored Women Clubs, Member