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About Joanne Braxton


Professor Braxton has taught numerous courses in English, Africana Studies and American Studies, including Black Women Writers, Early Black American Literature, and 1619 and the Making of America. She has also served as the director of the Middle Passage Project at William & Mary since 1995. Professor Braxton’s publications include Black Female Sexualities, co-edited with Trimiko Melacon, Monuments of the Black Atlantic, and Maya Angelou’s I know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook. Professor Braxton also serves as the editor of the Women of Color Writers Biography Series. She has given multiple keynote addresses; been a visiting lecturer at the Starr King School for the Ministry, in Berkeley, California; and was the David B. Larson Fellow in Spirituality and Health at the Library of Congress from 2016-2017.

Positions

Present Community Faculty, Eastern Virginia Medical School ‐ Family and Community Medicine
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Present David B. Larson Fellow in Spirituality and Health, Library of Congress ‐ John W. Kluge Center
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Present Director, College of William and Mary Africana Studies Program Middle Passage Project
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Present Frances L & Edwin L Cummings Professor of English & Humanities, College of William and Mary
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Present Principal Investigator, College of William and Mary W&M-EVMS Narrative Medicine for Excellence Project
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Education

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2012 M. Div., Samuel DeWitt Protocor School of Theology, Virginia Union University ‐ Ministry and Social Ethics
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2011 M. T. S., Pacific School of Religion ‐ Spirituality and Health
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1984 Ph.D, Yale University ‐ American Studies
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1974 M.A., Yale University ‐ American Studies
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1972 B.A., Sarah Lawrence College ‐ Literature and Writing
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Contact Information

Department of English
St. George Tucker Hall
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185-8795


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Scholarly Works (2)

Media Appearances (10)

Digital History Projects (1)

Poetry (3)

Public Addresses (4)