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Justin Smith

Justin Smith

English Graduate Assistant

4 Burrowes Building, Cubicle G

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

State College , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2020: Not Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., English, Pennsylvania State University (in progress)
  2. Ph.D., African-American Studies, Pennsylvania State University (in progress)
  3. M.A., African-American Literature, Pennsylvania State University
  4. B.A., English, Creative Writing, Political Science (minor), Canisius College (Buffalo, NY), Magna Cum Laude, All College Honors, GPA 3.90

Professional Bio

Justin Smith is a second-year dual degree PhD in English and African American Studies. His research focuses on early 20th-century African American literature and how political identity and solidarity manifest themselves in literary texts (broadly conceived) with an emphasis on critical race theory as well as on liberation and utopia within the Black radical tradition.


"‘[T]he happiest, well-feddest wolf in Harlem’: Asexuality as Resistance to Social Reproduction in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem,” The Erotics of Asexualities and Nonsexualities, special issue of Feminist Formations, vol. 32, no. 3, 2020, pp. 51-74

“Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy, by Alisha Gaines,” The Black Scholar, vol. 50, no. 4, 2020, pp. 86-88, DOI: 10.1080/00064246.2020.1811610

“The Changing Horizons of Black Utopia: Political Potentials in Black Modernism,” Black Lives Matter and Modernist Studies, special issue of The Modernist Review, vol. 25, 2020.

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