contemporary writers series


Contemporary Writers Series: New Literary Scholarship
Mills College
November 8, 2011
© Michelle Wright

Dr. Michelle M. Wright is currently an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, where she teaches courses on blackness and black identity in the United States, Europe, and the African Diaspora. Her courses and many publications emphasize the fluid, necessarily individualized nature of these identities as formed through the lenses of gender, sexuality, class, and other manifestations of time and space. Her current work in progress, The Physics of Blackness: Rethinking the African Diaspora in the Postwar Era, argues that the role of the “Middle Passage” as an anchor for African American identity is being challenged by new black identities brought by African and Caribbean immigrants both in the United States and across the African Diaspora. She has also coedited a number of anthologies, including Domain Errors! A Cyberfeminist Handbook; Reading the Black German Experience: A Special Issue of Callaloo; and Blackness and Sexualities.