Academics: Faculty

Stephen Knadler, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of English and Associate Chair, Department of English
Office: 404-270-5575


  • U.S. Latino/a Literature and Culture
  • Trauma and Testimony in Women’s Life Writing
  • U.S. Racial Masculinities
  • Imagining Afro-Asia
  • American Body Politics: The 1850s
  • Germs, Genes, and Zombies: Narrating Biomedicine,
    Narratives of Biomedicine
  • Literary Theory Seminar
  • Honors Composition
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • U.S. Literature after 1865
  • U.S. Literature before 1865
  • Comparative U.S. Ethnic Literatures

Ph.D & M.A. Vanderbilt University

Current Research:
Manuscript in Progress: Sanitary Citizenship: Biomedical Politics and Racial Uplift 

Stephen Knadler’s most recent publications have examined the transnational framework of 19th-century and early 20-century African American literature to recover its complicated re-imaging of democracy and citizenship. He is currently working on a manuscript looking at the relation among biomedicine, public health discourse, and African American culture.

Recent Publications:
Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African-American Literature. New York:  Routledge Press, 2009      

Fugitive Race: Narrating and Resisting Whiteness, 1850-1980. Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 2002

Recent Articles:

  • “Unsanitized Domestic Allegories: Biomedical Politics, Racial Uplift, and the African American Woman’s Risk Narrative. American Literature 85 1 (March 2013).
  • “Dis-abled Citizenship: Narrating the Extraordinary Body in Racial Uplift.” Forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly 2013.
  • “’The Bright Side’: Moral(e) Influence and African American Women’s Post-Reconstruction Affective Politics.” Forthcoming in Oxford Press New Narratives of the American South. 
  • The titles of the journals and the book should be underlined or italicized.
    “Back to Oriental Africa: Islamicism and Becoming African in the Early Black Atlantic.” Modern Language Quarterly  72 1 (Spring 2011)
  • Democracy Hesitant: Sociological Knowledge Production, Policy, and the Public Sphere.” American Literary History 23 1 (2011): 135-147
  • “At Home in the Crystal Palace: African American Transnationalism and the Aesthetics of Representative  Democracy.”  ESQ: The Journal of the American  Renaissance 56 (2010): 329-362

Recent Grants and Awards

  • NEH Summer Research Grant, 2011
  • UNCF Henry McBay Research Fellowship, Summer 2010
  • CIEE Ping Fellowship for International Faculty Development Seminar, “Spain and Morocco,”  Summer 2010
  • Mellon Tocqueville Faculty Development Seminar, Grant, Summer, 2010
  • Spelman College Free Thinking Women’s Course Development Grant, 2010 “Germs, Genes, and Giant Babies: Biomedical Narratives, Narrating Biomedicine”
  • Spelman Small Faculty Development Grant, 2012

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