Dr. Morgan is an assistant professor in the Department of English and specializes in African American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is interested in the ways that literature, popular culture, and humor shape identity formation. In particular, her research and teaching reflect her interests in African American satire and comedy, literature and the arts as activism, and the continuing influence of history on contemporary articulations of Black selfhood.
Her writing has been published on Racialicious and Al Jazeera, in Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights, Humanities, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, and Journal of Science Fiction. Her writing is forthcoming in College Literature. She has served as the Frank Sinatra Faculty Fellow for the Center for the Arts and Humanities working with W. Kamau Bell (2017-2018) and Taye Diggs (2018-2019). Her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, is forthcoming Fall 2020 with University of Illinois Press as a part of the New Black Studies Series.
Ph.D. in English literature, Cornell University
M.A. in English literature, North Carolina State University
M.A.T. in secondary English education, Duke University
B.A. in English and African American studies (minor), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research and Teaching Interests
African American literature and culture
Humor and satire studies
Critical race theory and mixed-race studies
Feminism, gender, and sexuality studies
Contemporary U.S. literature and culture