Joycelyn Moody, Ph.D.

Professor, Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature, Director, African American Literatures and Cultures Institute, English

Joycelyn Moody



Joycelyn Moody is currently the Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches courses on African American literature. She served as Editor-in-Chief of African American Review from Fall 2004 through Spring 2008. She has taught at several institutions, including the University of Washington, Saint Louis University, Hamilton College, and the Harvard School of Divinity. Besides articles and chapters, her publications include Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women and Course Guide for The Norton Anthology of African American Literature 2nd ed.


Undergraduate and Graduate

  • African American Literature Survey
  • African American Autobiography
  • Black Feminist Theory and History
  • The Politics of African American Piety

Research Interests

  • African American literatures and cultures
  • The literatures of US slavery

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