Laura Harris

Professor of English and World Literature and Africana Studies

With Pitzer Since: 1997
Field Group: English and World Literature, Africana Studies
Campus Address: Avery 218
Phone: 909.607.3633
Office Hours: Mondays 7:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.

Educational Background

PhD, University of California, San Diego
BA, San Diego State University

Research Interests

20th century African American literature and culture, Feminist and Queer Theory, Harlem Renaissance Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Performance Studies

Recent Courses

Autobiography and Community-Learning (ENGL9)

Survey of American Literature 1880-present (ENGL11b)

Introduction to African American Literature (ENGL12AF)

Black Queer Narrative and Theories (ENGL132AF)

Harlem Renaissance: Gender, Class, and Sexuality (ENGL164AF)

Major Figures in 20th Century American Literature: James Baldwin (ENGL164AF)

Selected Publications

“Hybrid Italians, Diasporic Africans: Who’s/Whose Meticcio?” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters, vol.31, no.2 (summer 2008).

“Confessions of the Pillow Queen: Sexual Receptivity & Queer Femininities,” in MaryMcAuliffe and Sonja Tiernan, eds., Tribades, Tommies, and Transgressives: Histories of Sexualities: Volume I.University College Dublin: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

“My Boy,” in G. Winston James, ed., Voices Rising: Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. Washington, DC: RedBone Press, 2007.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

“On Theorizing a Black Queer Harlem Renaissance,” paper presented at The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts, and Letters, University of Connecticut, March 2008.

Invited Plenary Speaker, Feminisms in the Twentieth Century: Lessons for the Twenty-first Century, The Huntington Library Women’s Studies Seminar Series, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, March 2008.

Selected Awards, Grants and Honors

Honor award for Faculty Contributions to 5 Colleges’ Queer Community, Lavender Graduation, Queer Resource Center, Pomona College, Spring 2007

Notes From A Welfare Queen In The Ivory Tower: poetry, fiction, letters, and essays. Nominated for the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, 2002.

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae

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