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Michele Elam
Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Department of English
Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow 2011-12
Clayman Institute Faculty Voice and Influence Fellow, 2011-2012

Michele Elam, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor and Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, is Professor of English and Director of Curriculum at Stanford University.  She is the author of Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium (Stanford University Press, 2011), and is currently working on a book on post-race and post-apartheid cultural representation in the U.S. and South Africa. She has published articles in African American Review, American Literature, Theatre Journal, and Genre, among others as well as op-eds for CNN, Huffington Post, and Boston Review. Her work appears in collections on race and culture such as Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race and Gender from ""Oroonoko"" to Anita Hill (eds. Cathy Davidson and Michael Moon, Duke University Press) and in W.E.B. Du Bois and the Gender of the Color-Line (eds. Susan Gillman and Alys Weinbaum, University of Minnesota Press). 

Chair of the Executive Committee for the Black Literatures & Culture Division of the Modern Language Association (2009-13), at Stanford she has served as Director of the Program in African & African American Studies (2007-10), Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English (2006-8) and is current Director of Curriculum. Elam is twice the recipient of the St Clair Drake Outstanding Teaching Award at Stanford (2004, 2006) among her other teaching awards. Recent undergraduate and graduate seminars include African American Poetics, Mixed Race Literatures in the U.S and South Africa, Narratives of Enslavement and Theories of Redress, Race Theory in the Post-Race Era, Mixed Race Studies, Black to the Future: The End(s) of African American Literary History, W.E.B. Du Bois and American Culture, Toni Morrison & the Occasion of Black Feminism. Her interests span the 18th-21st centuries, from Olaudah Equiano to Aaron McGruder, and from race and narrative theory to black cultural performance. 

Further information about Professor Elam is available on her website.

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