Tracy Vaughn Associate Professor of Instruction; Associate Professor in Residence, Liberal Arts Program at Northwestern University, Qatar

Research Interests:

African American writers and literature of the Harlem Renaissance
African American Quilting
Quilting and African American women writers
The phenomenon of passing and the performance of identity in 20th-century African American literature
Toni Morrison
"blackness" as it is imagined by White American writers

Courses:

AFAM 210-2: Survey of African American Literature
AFAM 390: African American Autobiography
AFAM 378: The Harlem Renaissance
AFAM 379: Black Women Writers

Degree:

Ph.D., English, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Current Research:

I am currently working on a series of quilts and an accompanying catalogue that will demonstrate/discuss the ways in which the aesthetic influences of Africa can be found in the textiles and textile arts of Europe and Asia.

Recent Awards:

Associate Student Government Faculty Honor Roll Award, Northwestern University, 2006-2008, 2010, 2011

Teaching Award: Outstanding Performance in the Classroom, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University, 2006

Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll Award, Northwestern University, 2006

Recent Publications/Exhibitions:

Radiant Compositions: The Quilt Artistry of Dr. Tracy L. Vaughn
(first international exhibit)
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Art Gallery
Doha, Qatar (October 9-November 3, 2011)

AfriCOBRA and the Chicago Black Arts Movement, Curator
Dittmar Memorial Gallery
Northwestern University (February-March 2010)

Black Threads Collective: Quilt Explosion!
Skokie Public Library (February 2-March 5, 2008)

Utilitarian Beauty: Reconstructing An African American Tradition
Dittmar Memorial Gallery
Northwestern University (January 8-February 10, 2008)

Artist Behind the Desk Art Exhibition
Women's Center
Northwestern University (May 2007)

Black Threads Collective: Quilt Explosion!
Carter G. Woodson Regional Public Library
(September 1-December 31, 2006)

"Stitched in Tradition: The Trope of Quilting in the Novels of Toni Morrison."
(article forthcoming)