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 by African American writers; 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. Yęmisi Jimoh also
is the current (2012-2015) President of the Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic
Literature in the United States (MELUS), and in 2011 she accepted an appointment as the
Senior Editor for African American Literature and Culture for the Literary Encyclopedia.



Contributions to Books


Dorothy West, Contemporary African American Novelists (1999)