Michelle Y. Gordon

Senior Lecturer in the Department of African American Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies


Michelle Y. Gordon works in the arenas of American literature, black studies, and cultural studies, with particular interests in the literary and cultural labors of the Left, civil rights history, black women’s studies, and cultural memory. After earning her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Gordon went on to serve as assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her scholarship has focused on 19th and 20th century American literature and print culture; her current project explores a radical literary and cultural history of black Chicago, from the Great Depression through the rise of the Black Power era.

Recent African American Studies courses include the following: Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives; Survey of African American Literature Since 1900; Passing and Miscegenation in 20th Century African American Literature; New Negro Renaissance and Black Arts Movement; Black Women Writers