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Tyrone Simpson, II Associate Professor of English

Tyrone Simpson is an Associate Professor of English, who also teaches in the programs of Urban Studies, Africana Studies and American Studies. He has been a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia and a fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program in Princeton, New Jersey. He has interests in American nationalism, immigration and mobility, black intellectual thought, and critical race theory.

  • BA, University of Virginia; MA, Boston College; PhD, Indiana University
  • At Vassar since 2004

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Research and Academic Interests

  • American Nationalism
  • Immigration and Mobility
  • Black Intellectual Thought
  • Critical Race Theory

Courses

  • AFRS/DRAM/ENGL 228b. African American Literature

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Tyrone Simpson is an Associate Professor of English, who also teaches in the programs of Urban Studies, Africana Studies and American Studies. He has been a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia and a fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program in Princeton, New Jersey. He has interests in American nationalism, immigration and mobility, black intellectual thought, and critical race theory. He has published on topics as varied as imprisonment and torture, black comedy, and race and politics in Kansas. He is celebrating the recent release of his first book entitled Ghetto Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012) that explores how six American writers imagine and fictionalize the experience of ghettoization. He is currently working on a project that looks at black autobiography and the politics of confessional storytelling.


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