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Simone Drake, Assistant Professor

Department of African American and African Studies: http://aaas.osu.edu/

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386B University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: drake.194@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-8079

PhD, English, U. of Maryland (2007); MA, English, Ohio State U. (2000); MA, African American & African Studies, Ohio State U. (2000); BA, Classical Civilization and English, Denison U. (1997)

General Background:
Simone Drake is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, focusing on: critical race, gender, and legal studies; transnational black feminism; black masculinities; visual and popular culture; and the literature of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Many of these research areas intersect in Drake’s manuscript, Transnational Negotiations: Critical Appropriations in Black Women’s Cultural Productions (forthcoming LSU Press), and in her second project, Imagining Grace: Black Men, Agency, and the Law. Drake has published numerous articles on race and gender in literature, film, and culture. She serves on the editorial board for Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (Indiana UP). Publications: “’So I Decided to Quit It and Try Something Else for a While’: Reading Agency in Nat Love’s The Life and Adventure of Nat Love.” Eds. Peter Caster and Timothy Buckner. Fathers, Preachers, Rebels, Men: Black Masculinity in U.S. History and Literature, 1820-1945. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2011. “Craig Brewer and Kara Walker Sexing the Difference and Rebuilding the South,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, special issue on gender and sexuality. 11.3 (2009): 230-252. “A Space Beyond Beulah: Assessing the Mixed Race Body in Danzy Senna’s ‘The Land of Beulah.’’” America and the Black Body: Identity Politics in Print and Visual Culture. Ed. Carol E. Henderson. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009. “Gendering Diasporic Migration in Erna Brodber’s Louisiana.” MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. 8 (2006): 112-135.

Critical Race and Gender Studies
Visual and Popular Culture
Critical Race Theory
Literature of the African Diaspora in the Americas

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