Shaundra Myers Affiliated Faculty, Assistant Professor of English

Shaundra Myers (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) teaches and writes in the areas of African American literature and transnational literary production. Her research focuses on black literary travel, autobiography, critical race studies, law and literature, citizenship, and visual culture studies. She has held a postdoctoral fellowship in African American Literature in the English Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and she has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation. Her work appears in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. Her current book manuscript, "Spectacular Absences: Race, Embodiment, and the Remapping of Freedom," examines transnational depictions of bodily and other absences in African American literature of the era of racial integration. Reading the work of Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara, Andrea Lee, and James Alan McPherson, among others, her project argues that black writers have used these narrative interstices to interrogate the promise and premises of “integration” and to resituate U.S. blackness in global terms.

Courses Taught

  • "Toni Morrison and the Form of Freedom"