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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. Recently, she was awarded 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. Delia 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, 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.

Professor Steverson’s CV


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