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
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