Jerry Gafio Watts appointed to the Graduate Center

Jerry Gafio Watts

Professor, Ph.D. Program in English

Jerry Gafio Watts is a leading critic of Afro-American literature, culture, and politics. He received his B.A. from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. He came to The Graduate Center from Trinity College, where he was professor of American studies. He has also taught on the faculties of Wesleyan University and the University of California-Davis. He is the author of two influential, debate-shaping books on two crucial twentieth-century American writers, Ralph Ellison and Amiri Baraka: Heroism and the Black Intellectual: Reflections on Ralph Ellison, Politics, and Afro-American Intellectual Life and Amiri Baraka: The Politics and Art of a Black Intellectual. Most recently he edited and contributed several chapters to Harold Cruse's The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Reconsidered. Watts's impressive publication record includes extensive articles, essays, and reviews in such academic journals such as Contemporary Sociology, New Politics, Social Research, and Dissent, as well as in mass-media publications.

Photo: Branan Egdens

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2004

Category: New Appointments to the GC