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 was the President (2012-2015) of the Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature in the United States (MELUS). An extensive collection titled These Truly are the Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship, co-edited with Françoise N. Hamlin, will be published by the University Press of Florida in 2015.
Mapping the Terrain of Black Writing during the Early New Negro Era, College Literature (2015)
Double Consciousness, Modernism, and Womanist Themes in Gwendolyn Brooks's "The Anniad", MELUS (1998)
Contributions to Books