Michelle M. Wright Professor of African American Studies and Comparative Literary Studies

Research Interests:

Diaspora Studies
Black European Studies
African American Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Comparative Literary Studies
Black Feminist Theory
Queer Theory
Time Studies
Speculative Fiction


Fall 2014
AF_AM_ST 211/ Literatures of the Black World/COMP LIT 201 Reading World Literature
AF_AM_ST 261 Queer Literatures in the African Diaspora
Spring 2015
AF_AM_ST/CRD (Course # TBA) Introduction to Comparative Race and Diaspora Studies


B.A in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College in 1992
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 1997

Current Research:

Feeling Europe: Black Affect in the Heart of Empire (manuscript in progress)

Selected Publications:

Books/Anthologies (most recent):

Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology. University of Minnesota Press, January 2015.

Blackness and Sexualities. Edited volume for FORECAAST (Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies). Edited by Michelle M Wright and Antje Schuhmann. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2007.

Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Journal articles (recent):

"Forces to be Reckoned With: The Physics of Black Art" ArtForum International, Summer 2015 (https://artforum.com/inprint/issue=201506&id=52255)

“Can I Call You Black? The Limits of authentic heteronormativity in African Diasporic discourse”. Invited submission for African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, special issue on Women and the African Diaspora, edited by Sandra Jackson. DOI: 10.1080/17528631.2012.739910 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17528631.2012.739910 (published December 2012).

“Black in Time: Exploring New Ontologies, New Dimensions, New Epistemologies of the African Diaspora.” Invited submission. Transforming Anthropology. Volume 18, Number 1, April 2010, pp. 70-73(4).

Chapters in Books (recent):

“Theorizing the African Diaspora” invited submission for The Oxford Handbook of the History of the African Diaspora, edited by James Miller. London and New York: Oxford UP. Under contract, expected publication date: Spring 2015.

“Black Spacetimes and the Unbroken Chain of Being: Gender, Sexuality and Time Travel in the Postwar Black Diaspora”. Handbook of Feminist Theory, edited by Clare Hemmings (LSE), Gender Institute of London School of Economics/SAGE Publications. Under contract, expected publication date: Fall 2014.

“Middle Passage Blackness and Its Diasporic Discontents: The Case for a Postwar Epistemology”, invited submission for Africa in Europe: Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century, edited by Eve Rosenhaft & Robbie Aitken, University of Liverpool Press, 2013.

Works in Progress:

Postwar Blackness (manuscript in progress)