A Yęmisi Jimoh is a cultural analyst and critical race theorist. She is on the
faculty in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Her scholarship and teaching focus on African American cultural
and literary studies, with additional research interests in critical race studies,
narratology, and onomastics. She offers courses in twentieth-century African American
literature and has particular interests in African American literary movements and
African American women novelists. She is a former Visiting Fellow at Harvard University
in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Research in Afro-American Studies and a participant
in the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Institute on the Civil Rights
Movement. Professor Jimoh's published writings include her monograph Spiritual,
Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction: Living in Paradox, articles in MELUS,
African American Review, and Texas Journal of Political Studies as well as chapters in
Contemporary African American Novelists and in the multi-award-winning (Gustavus Myers
Outstanding Book Award and the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice
Award) volume Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics. 

Her ongoing research focuses on the political and cultural meanings of literary
representations of war and citizenship in speeches, interviews, and writings by African
Americans; issues of Pan-Africanism and Diaspora in African American literature and
culture; and the cultural politics of group-name identifiers in African American
fictional texts. 

From 2011-2013, she was the Senior Editor for African American Literature and Culture for
the Literary Encyclopedia. Among other professional responsibilities, Yęmisi Jimoh also
is the current (2012-2015) President of the Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic
Literature in the United States (MELUS). 

In December 2014, the University Press of Florida will publish her book (co-edited with
Françoise Hamlin) titled Thunder at the Gate: African American Writings on War and



Contributions to Books


Dorothy West, Contemporary African American Novelists (1999)