Assistant Professor
Humanities Building 201A
(205) 934-8598

Research and Teaching Interests:  African American Literature

Jessie Dunbar. Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, Clark Atlanta University
  • MA, University of Georgia
  • PhD, Emory

Dunbar specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century African American and African Diasporic literatures; she has secondary interests in Russian and AfroCuban history, literature, and cultures. Her current book project, Democracy, Diaspora, and Disillusionment: Black Itinerancy and the Propaganda Wars, suggests that scholars recalibrate the earliest notable era of Russian influence on African American politics from the 20th century to the 19th century.

She has two articles forthcoming in January 2017: "Inadequate Conception of Human Complexity: Ellison Revises Elkins" in Critical Insights: Civil Rights Literature, Past and Present, edited by Christopher Varlack (Grey House); and "Panther Politics in Castro's Cuba" in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies.

Dunbar has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship (2016) as well as a partial grant for Columbia University's Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute on Black New York. ​She carries a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor in African American Studies and is the Sigma Tau Delta faculty advisor.

  • Introduction to African American Literature
  • Black Childhood in African American Literature
  • Literary and Cultural Exchanges between Blacks and Russians
  • The Harlem Renaissance