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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 and is a Chancellor's Leadership Fellow 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 numerous leadership positions include selection as a Chancellor's Leadership Fellow, which involves working in the Provost's and Chancellor's offices on various aspects of high-level university-wide governance policies, labor and Union concerns, as well as collective bargaining. Deeply involved in university governance, Dr. Jimoh is Chair of the Faculty Senate Rules Committee, where she has demonstrated leadership on initiatives such as establishing a strategic planning and budget standing committee. Fully embracing shared governance, this committee is charged with advising the chancellor on high-level budgeting and strategic priorities. Included among her leadership on other policy concerns are academic honesty, campus inclusivity, General Education diversity requirements at UMASS Amherst, system-wide collaboration on faculty governance with the Intercampus Faculty Council, faculty search policies and procedures, among other initiatives. She is a member of Faculty Senate Councils such as Graduate Council and Academic Priorities Council and was a member of the Joint Task Force on Resource Allocation (JTFRA) and the Joint Task Force on Strategic Oversight (JTFSO). From 2012-2015, Yemisi Jimoh also was President of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), during which time she negotiated the MELUS publishing partnership with Oxford University Press and had oversight responsibilities, along with a the MELUS Executive Committee, for the budget. 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 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, Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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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University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-2751


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