Harry Shaw

Professor Emeritus

Harry Shaw (PhD, University of Illinois) was a member of the UF Department of English from 1973 to 2004, where he taught courses in 20th Century and African-American Literature. He was the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Minority Affairs from the establishment of that position in 1979 until his retirement from UF in 2004.


Apollo Amoko

Associate Professor
Amoko’s new book project examines the deployment of sexuality in late colonial and postcolonial African literature and the figuration of the father as the embodiment of an increasingly beleaguered patriarchal tradition. Following Judith Butler, the book examines gender trouble in the postcolony. In addition to his book Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution, Amoko has contributed to The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory and The Cambridge Companion to African Literature.

Amoko’s work has also appeared in the journals Modern Drama, Callaloo, and Mosaic. His teaching interests are postcolonial theory and literatures, critical theory, cultural studies, ethnic literatures of Canada and the United States, and modern drama.


Debra Walker King


Dr. Debra Walker King is a full professor of English and an ordained minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is a graduate of Emory University (PhD), the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (MA) and North Carolina Central University (BA) recognized as a Patricia Harris Fellow, Ford Fellow and Schomburg Scholar. Her Administrative experience includes service as Associate Dean for the Humanities (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (specializing in Affirmative Action and, later, Faculty Development). King is known nationally and internationally through publications that include single-author books such as African Americans and the Culture of Pain (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and Deep Talk: Reading African American Literary Names and Naming (Univ. Press of Virginia, 1998). Her current work on “Womanist Thought” has taken her as a lecturer and speaker to Shanghai University and Nanjing College in China as well as cities across this nation from Florida to California.

King is a motivational teacher who encourages the life visions of her students as she teaches. She is an affiliate professor with African American Studies and Women’s studies, cross listing course such as “Womanist Intellectual Thought,” “Black and White Women Writing about Race,” and “Survey of African American Literature.”

Professor King’s CV


Mark A. Reid


Presently, I am editing a volume on African American Film (at press), finishing a book on Afro-European Cinema and Culture, and working on a book about gender and sexuality in recent African American Film. During the 2017 summer, I presented “Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016): Urban Sexual Blues as Fluid Agency” at the 34th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts in Palermo, Sicily. See my CV below for a complete list of my publications.

I take part in the Modern Language Association where I have held two delegate positions. I am a member of the Collegium for African American Research and the Psychology and the Arts organization. I hold two editorial board positions on the film journals Jump Cut and Screening Noir and have read manuscripts for such presses as MacMillan-Palgrave, Wallflower, SUNY, Cambridge, and most recently the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. My University of Florida affiliations include the African American Studies Program, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for European Studies. I teach such courses as Black Drama, The World of James Baldwin and Critical Race Theory, Afro-European Literature and Culture, and The Harlem Renaissance.

Professor Reid’s CV


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  • email: <reid@ufl.edu>

Delia Steverson

Assistant Professor

Delia is currently working on a book project that seeks to formulate a methodological approach to reading African American literature through a Critical Disability Studies lens. She has presented her research in conferences both nationally and internationally, including Canada, Scotland, England, and most recently, Greece, where she gave a talk entitled “Geographical Landscapes as Markers of Citizenship and Racial Belonging in Adrienne Kennedy’s The Ohio State Murders.” Her most recent publications include: “Madness, Melancholia, and Suicide in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees” in The South Carolina Review, “Everything Gray’”: Polygenism and Racial Perception in Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’” in The Journal of American Culture, and “Zora Neale Hurston’s Radical Racial Politics in Jonah’s Gourd Vine” in The Explicator.

Delia is an affiliate professor with African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She offers undergraduate courses such as “The Black Subject in 19th Century American Literature and Culture,” “Disability, Narratives, and the Black Body,” and “African American Literature I,” as well as graduate courses on Critical Disability Studies and 19th Century African American Literature. She recently received a grant from the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations to co-teach a course on Race and Disability in US History and Literature.

Professor Steverson’s CV


  • office: Turlington Hall 4354
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  • fax: (352) 392-0860
  • email: <dsteverson@ufl.edu>