Koritha Mitchell specializes in African American literature, racial violence throughout U.S. literature and contemporary culture, and black drama and performance. She examines how texts, both written and performed, have helped terrorized families and communities survive and thrive. Her study Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011) won book awards from the American Theatre and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Her essay “James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie” appears in the March 2012 issue of American Quarterly and her Callaloo journal article "Love in Action" draws parallels between racial violence at the last turn of the century and anti-LGBT violence today. She recently completed a book manuscript, "From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture." For the most comprehensive picture of her current projects and activities, please visit Mitchell's website.
Associate Professor, Department of English