Stefanie Dunning

Stefanie DunningAssociate Professor
Affiliate, Black World Studies
Affiliate, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

378 Bachelor Hall, Oxford Campus


  • PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2001
  • MA, University of California, Riverside
  • BA, Spelman College

Teaching Interests

  • African American Literature
  • American Literature
  • Film and visual culture
  • Gay and lesbian studies/queer theory
  • Postcolonial literature and theory

Research Interests

  • African American literature
  • Film and visual culture
  • Gay and lesbian studies/queer theory
  • Postcolonial literature and theory

Selected Publications

  • Introducing Multiple Readings of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man in the Classroom, in Teaching (Con)Texts: Frameworks for Engaging Culture and Craft in American Literatures, McFarland, 2014.
  • Review of four works on mixed race literature, in Signs, 2014
  • Review of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, in South Asian Review, December 2012.
  • Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
  • “The Wounded City: Ambiguous Subjectivity and the riotous metropolis in Samuel Delany’s Dhalgren,” Forthcoming in The Idea of the City (anthology) 2009.
  • “Ironic Soil: Recuperative Rhythms and Negotiated Nationalism.” African American Review. 39: 1-2, 2005. This essay won theAfrican American Review award at the 2006 MLA for Best 20th Century Literature essay of 2005.
  • "Brown Like Me: An Essay of Shifting Ideology." Mixing It Up. Eds. SanSan Kwan and Kenneth Spears. University of Texas Press, Fall 2004.
  • "Parallel Perversions: Interracial and Same Sexuality in James Baldwin’s Another Country.” MELUS 26:2 (Winter 2001). 95-115.
  • "Vegetarianism without Self-righteousness: The Politics of ‘Consciousness’ and Cultural Identity.” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 2.3 (Winter 1999). 144-152.

Web Publications

"Falling Apart," published under the pen name Zeffie Gaines, forthcoming in Electric Literature.

"Fear and Loathing, USA," published at Daily Kos under the pen name Zeffie Gaines (16K+ Facebook shares)

Work in Progress

The Anatomy of Damage: Vulnerability and the New Black American

This work examines a variety of cultural sites in contemporary African American culture—conspiracy theories, popular film, contemporary blackface performance—in order to trace the continuing effects of oppression in a “post-racial” society.