Ayesha Hardison

Ayesha Hardison
  • Associate Professor
  • Editor, Women, Gender, and Families of Color
  • Director, History of Black Writing

Contact Info

3102 Wescoe Hall


Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, 2014


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan


Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century African American literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Cultural history and theory
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary visual media

Selected Publications

Hardison, Ayesha K. “Stalled in the Movement: The Black Panther Party in Night Catches Us.” The Strange Career of Jim Crow North. Eds. Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis, with Komozi Woodard. New York: New York University Press, 2019. 307-331.

Hardison, Ayesha K. “Theorizing Jane Crow, Theorizing Literary Fragments.” Critical Reply to “Theorizing Jane Crow, Theorizing Unknowability” by Kristie Dotson. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 7.2 (2018): 56-63. Web. 20 February 2018.

Hardison, Ayesha K. "The Sexual Commodities, Racial Economies, and Critical Oversights of Felice Swados’s House of Fury." Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society in Honor of Amrijit Singh . Eds. Tapan K. Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017. 183-196.

Hardison, Ayeska K. Rev. of The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s by Mary Helen Washington, CLA Journal 61.1-2 (2017): 142-145.

Hardison, Ayesha K. "In Service to Whom? Reading Race and Work in The Help and Candy." Like One of the Family: Domestic Workers, Race, and In/Visibility in The Help. Ed. Fiona Mills. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 131-142.

Hardison, Ayesha K. Rev. of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination by Salamishah Tillet, American Literary History Online Review Series IV (27 October 2015).

Hardison, Ayesha K. Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature. American Literatures Initiative, University of Virginia Press, May 2014. 281 p.

Hardison, Ayesha K. "Where Author and Auteur Meet: Genre, the Erotic, and Black Female Subjectivity." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 12.1 (Apr. 2014): 88-120.

Hardison, Ayesha K. "Crossing the Threshold: Zora Neale Hurston, Racial Performance, and Seraph on the Suwanee." African American Review 46.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2013): 217-235.

Hardison, Ayesha K. Rev. of Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire and Contemporary African American Culture by Stefanie K. Dunning, MELUS 35.3 (Fall 2010): 228-230.

Awards & Honors

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program, New York Public Library, 2018.

Kansas Humanities Council Grant, 2017.

Nancy Dasher Award, College English Association of Ohio, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, 2015.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title from American Library Association, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, 2014.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2011.

Black Metropolis Research Consortium Short-Term Fellowship, 2009.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006.