Ayesha Hardison

Project Director, Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2017 - present
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Ayesha Hardison is Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her book Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature(University of Virginia Press 2014) examines representations of black women in the 1940s and 1950s. Winner of the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association of Ohio and designated a 2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association, the monograph discusses the work of well-known writers like Richard Wright, Ann Petry, and Gwendolyn Brooks as well as neglected figures such as Jackie Ormes, Curtis Lucas, and Era Bell Thompson. Hardison has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation and Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and she has published articles in African American Review and Meridians. Currently, her research projects include studying African American literature and culture of the 1930s and exploring depictions of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in contemporary black cultural production. She teaches courses on twentieth-century and contemporary African American novels, black women’s writing, and black feminist theory.​

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