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Shanna Benjamin

Shanna Benjamin
Associate Professor

Shanna Greene Benjamin, Associate Professor of English at Grinnell College, is a literary critic and biographer who studies the literature and lives of black women. She 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, a Historically Black College in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 black feminist foremother and Norton Anthology of African American Literature co-editor, Nellie Y. McKay. You can follow Prof. Benjamin's research at Academia.edu: https://grinnell.academia.edu/ShannaBenjamin


This fall, Professor Benjamin will participate in UT-Austin's Black Matters Conference: http://www.blackstudiesatut-blackmatters.com

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4510

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On-Campus Address: 

Mears Cottage 312
1213 Sixth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

M.A., Afro-American Studies, Ph.D., English, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Primary Academic Interest: 

African-American literature and culture

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