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Joanna Davis-McElligatt

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

PhD., University of Iowa, 2010

Office: Griffin 322
Phone: 337-482-5487

Teaching and Research Areas

Africana and African American Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Recent Courses Taught

ENGL 551: Race, Regionalism, and Nationalism after 1945
ENGL 540: Postcolonial Literature and Theory
ENGL 484: Intersectional Feminisms
ENGL 445: LGBTQ+ Lit & Culture
ENGL 433: Black Lives Matter
ENGL 430: Speculative Southscapes


Joanna Davis-McElligatt is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies, and teaches courses in Africana and African American Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Southern Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Comics Studies. Her monograph-in-progress, Black and Immigrant: The New African Diaspora in American Literature, explores literary and cultural constructions of black immigrants to the US from Afropolitans to Wakandan Americans. 

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Collections:

Black and Immigrant: The New Black Diaspora in American Literature. Monograph. In progress.

BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence. Edited with Jim Coby. Proposal invited. In progress.

Narrating History, Home, and Nation: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat. Edited with Maia Butler and Megan Feifer. University of Mississippi Press. Under contract.

Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy. Edited with Keith Dorwick and Santosh Khadka. Routledge 2018.

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Queering the Mammy: Southern Black Domestics and Revolutionary Mothering as Social Practice.” Through Mama’s Eyes: New Perspectives on Southern Matriarchy. Eds. Cheylon Woods and Kiwana McClung. U of Louisiana P. Under contract.

“On Being the First Black Woman.” Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy. Eds. Santosh Khadka, Joanna Davis-McElligatt, and Keith Dorwick. Routledge: 42-54. 2018.

“God Hates Fangs: True Blood, Black Queer Agency, and Appropriations of the History of Racial and Sexual Violence in the Deep South.” Eds. Lisa Hinrichsen, Gina Caison, and Stephanie Rountree. Small Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive. LSU P: 99-114. 2017.

“‘Walk Together, Children!’: The Intersections of Comics, History, and Memory in John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March: Book One.” Eds. Gwen Athene Tarbox and Michelle Abate. Comics for Children and Young Adults. U of Mississippi P: 298-311. 2017.

“Race, Ethnicity, and National Identity in Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones, or How the Barbadian became American.” Critical Insights: The American Identity. Eds. Linda Trinh Moser and Kathryn West. Salem Press. 107-122. 2014.

“The Words We Write for Ourselves”: Confronting the Myths of Race, Education, and American Genius in Finding Forrester.” With Forrest Roth. The Pedagogy of Pop: Theoretical and Practical Strategies for Success. Eds. Edward Janak and Denise Blum. Lexington Books: 61-80. 2012.

“Body Schemas.” The Comics Journal. 24 Oct 2012. ">>

“Confronting the Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Representation in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.” The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking. Eds. David Ball and Martha Kuhlman. U of Mississippi P: 135-144. 2010.