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Justin Smith

Justin Smith

English Graduate Assistant
Preferred Pronouns: He/him
201 Burrowes Building, Cubicle G
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Spring 2023 Office Hours

Not Teaching

Curriculum Vitae


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

Professional Bio

Justin Smith is a dual degree PhD candidate in English and African American Studies and an inaugural Scholar with the Center for Black Digital Research at the Pennsylvania State University. His dissertation 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 within the Black radical tradition. In addition, he has helped lead in digital crowdsourcing efforts to transcribe the written records of Black women as part of the annual Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon event in collaboration with various organizations and platforms including the Library of Congress and Zooniverse. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Black Scholar, Feminist Formations, The Modernist Review, The Space Between Journal, and Scribes.


“Review Essay| Race in the Space Between,” The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945, vol. 17, 2022

“Creating & Re-creating Virtual Community on Douglass Day,” co-written with Jim Casey and Courtney Murray, Scribes, special issue of Startwords, no. 2, 2021

"'[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, DOI: 10.1353/ff.2020.0040

"Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy, by Alisha Gaines (Review)," 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.