Professor Emeritus of English, Ph.D. Program in English, Graduate Center, and Department of English, John Jay College; Chair, Department of English, John Jay College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Kansas
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: African-American literature; law and literature; American proletarian culture and working class studies; literary history and theory.
“Marching! Marching! and the Idea of the Proletarian Novel.” The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction. Ed. Janet Galligani Casey. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2004.
Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life. Law, Meaning, and Violence. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.
American Proletarian Culture: The Twenties and the Thirties. Vol. XI, Dictionary of Literary Biography Document Series. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Gale Research, 1993.
"Iron City: Race and Revolutionary Romanticism Behind Bars." Legal Studies Forum. 25, 3&4(2001): 449-58.
"'Blackjack': Walter White and Modernism in an Unknown Boxing Novel." Michigan Quarterly Review. 38, 4(Fall 1999): 515-40.
"Romanticism, Law, and the Suppression of African American Citizenship." Race and the Production of Modern American Nationalism. Ed. Reynolds J. Scott-Childress. New York: Garland, 1999. 67-95.
"Adam's Ribs: Get 'em While They're Hot!" Picturing Justice