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. This year, she received a Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Award to help advance her scholarship on race, disability, and state-sanctioned violence in African American literature. In 2019, Delia was the recipient of a Rothman Faculty Fellowship, where she traveled to Ohio to conduct archival research for her upcoming biography of the late African American author, Delores Phillips. Her work on Phillips is featured on episode 22 of the Disability History Association podcast.
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.” Delia has two forthcoming publications, one in a special issue on Blackness and disability for the CLA Journal and another in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies on deafness. Her other 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 Gender, Sexualities, and Women 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, Gender and Sexualities in African American Literature, and Slave Narratives and Neo-Slave Narratives. 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.
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