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Shirley Moody-Turner

Shirley Moody-Turner

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies

309 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-2767

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD, University of Maryland
  2. MA, University of Maryland
  3. BS, University of Buffalo
  4. BA, University of Buffalo

Professional Bio

Shirley Moody-Turner is an associate professor of English and African American Studies at Penn State University. Her work focuses on the racial and gender politics of literary production and recovery at the turn into the twentieth century and utilizes digital methods to offer an alternative approach to reconstructing black women writers’ literary histories. She is interested in creating collaborative spaces to support digital scholarship and recovery work and in working across institutions and engaging various publics to do so. Through a Center for Humanities and Information grant, she helped support the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University in digitizing the Anna Julia Cooper papers, and she is a co-organizer, with project director Jim Casey, of Douglass Day 2020, which will transcribe papers from the Ann Julia Cooper collection as a way to honor and celebrate black women's historical contributions to movements for social justice. She has published numerous works in these areas, including Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation, her co-edited volume, Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon, and is currently editor for African American Literature in Transition 1900-1910 (Cambridge University Press). Her current projects include an interpretive biography of Anna Julia Cooper, as well as the Penguin Portable Anna Julia Cooper.

Areas of Specialization

African American Literature and Language

African American literature, critical race studies, folklore studies, Post-Bellum/Pre-Harlem period.

American Literature Before 1900
American Literature After 1900
Race and Ethnicity Studies
Visual Culture

Documentary film, visual literacies, popular imagery, visual representations of race