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About A Yęmisi Jimoh

A Yęmisi Jimoh is an educator, leader, and scholar. She is on the faculty in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a literary and cultural analyst, her scholarship and teaching focus on African American culture 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. Her professional leadership has included chair of the Faculty Senate Rules Committee at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and president of the Society for the Sutdy of the Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States, where she also is a member of the editorial board for the Society's journal, an honor she has held for over a decade.

Professor Jimoh’s published writings and creative projects include the scholarly monograph Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction (Tennessee, 2002), reviews or articles in African American Review, MELUS, Texas Journal of Political Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, and Black Scholar (photos) 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 recent scholarly projects include two co-edited volumes: American Studies Journal: The Ralph Ellison Issue (with Matt Calihman and Tracy Floreani 2015) and These Truly are the Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship (with Françoise Hamlin; Florida 2015)Dr. Jimoh's ongoing research focuses on issues of Pan-Africanism and Diaspora in African American literature and culture as well as on the cultural politics of group-name identifiers in African American fictional texts.

Yęmisi Jimoh includes among her accomplishments selection as a Chancellor's Leadership Fellow at UMass Amherst, participation in the HERS Bryn Mawr Leadership Institute, a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Research in Afro-American Studies, and participation in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institute on the Civil Rights Movement.


Present Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
20152016 Chancellor's Leadership Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst
20122015 President, MELUS, University of Massachusetts Amherst
20112013 Senior Editor for African American Literature and Culture, Literary Encyclopedia, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Contact Information

329 New Africa House
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-2751


Books and Edited Journals (3)

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