English has teaching and research interests in the areas of African American
literature, the Harlem Renaissance, American modernism, Anglophone Caribbean literature,
as well as working-class studies and race and film studies. Her book, Unnatural
Selections: Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, was published in
May 2004. She was also awarded the The Norman Foerster Prize in 2000 for the best essay
published annually in American Literature by the American Literature Section of the
Modern Language Association. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Oberlin College M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia 

English has been teaching at Macalester since 2003. 

Journal Articles


Now We Want Our Funk Cut: Janelle Monáe’s Neo-Afrofuturism (with Alvin Kim), American Studies (2013)


Contributions to Books

The Harlem Renaissance, The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction: 2. Chichester (2011)

Eugenics in 'Melanctha', Gertrude Stein: Three Lives and Q.E.D., a Norton Critical Edition (2005)


A Genealogy of Afrofuturism: Digital Form, Digital Content, and Scholarly Joy, American Studies Association Conference (2014)

‘Being Black There’: Racial Subjectivity, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Walter Mosley’s Detective Novels, NOVEL’s 40th Anniversary Conference, “Theories of the Novel Now" (2007)