Eve Dunbar

Professor of English on the Jean Webster Chair

Eve Dunbar is Professor of English on the Jean Webster Chair at Vassar College. Her research and teaching focus on late-19th Century to contemporary African American literature and culture. Dunbar's scholarly articles and review essays can be found in American LiteratureAfrican American Review, Callaloo: Art and Culture in the African Diaspora, Journal of American History, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Her more public-facing writing can be found in The Nation, Jezebel, Colorlines, and Literary Hub. Dunbar is the author of Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers Between the Nation and the World (2012) and co-editor of African American Literature in Transition: 1930-1940 (2022). She is completing her second manuscript, "Radical Satisfaction: The Monstrous Work of African American Women Under Segregation and Beyond." Dunbar is an American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellow (2016-17) and a W.E.B. Dubois Fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research (2020-21). In addition to teaching in the English Department, she regularly teaches and contributes to Vassar's American Studies and Africana Studies Programs.

BA, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus; MA, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
At Vassar since 2004


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In the Media

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More than 30 Vassar students conducted humanities research projects under the auspices of the College’s Ford Scholars program.

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Students, administrators, alums, and others in the Vassar community enjoyed a plethora of events in observation of Black History Month, included  exhibitions, a panel on STEM-related fields, a dinner, and an update of the Buildings and Belonging project, focused on the history of African Americans on campus.

Professor of English Eve Dunbar

Professor of English Eve Dunbar, Professor of Drama Shona Tucker, Assistant Professor of Biology Myra Hughey, and Professor of Psychological Science Michele Tugade ’95 have been appointed to endowed chairs, Dean of the Faculty William Hoynes announced.


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