A Yęmisi Jimoh is a cultural analyst whose work is informed by critical race
studies. 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 issues of Pan-Africanism and Diaspora in African American
literature and culture and on the cultural politics of group-name identifiers in African
American fictional texts. 

Among her numerous professional service responsibilities, Yęmisi Jimoh has served as
President (2012-2015) of the Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature in the
United States (MELUS). 

Books and Edited Journals


Contributions to Books

Racing into the Academy: Pedagogy and Black Faculty, Race in the College Classroom (2002)


Dorothy West, Contemporary African American Novelists (1999)