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About the Staff

Danielle Morgan

LEAD CTW Instructor

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 appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular publications and is forthcoming in a number of others. 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) and currently serves as a member of the Center for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Council. Her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, was published in 2020 with University of Illinois Press as a part of the New Black Studies Series and was featured in The New York Times “New & Noteworthy” book review section. She is currently working on a project about the blurry line between comedy and horror in African American literature and film.