Shanna Greene Benjamin, assistant professor of English at Grinnell College, has published on African American literature and black women's literary history in MELUS, African American Review, Studies in American Fiction, and PMLA. A specialist in African American literature and culture, Professor Benjamin teaches surveys in African American literature and nineteenth-century American literature, seminars on neo-slave narratives and black women writers, and Mellon Mays workshops on preparing for the professoriate. She graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and received her M.A. in Afro-American Studies and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Benjamin is currently working on a biography of her graduate adviser and Norton Anthology of African American Literature co-editor, Nellie Y. McKay.