Angelyn Mitchell

Angelyn MitchellAngelyn Mitchell is an associate professor in the Department of English at Georgetown University and the director of the 2008 Lannan Literary Symposium & Festival. A native of North Carolina, Mitchell earned her Ph.D. from Howard University, her M.A. from North Carolina Central University, and B.A. from North Carolina State University. Mitchell’s teaching and research interests are: American and African American literary and cultural studies, critical theory, critical race studies, and women’s studies. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Reading Toni Morrison, Slavery and the American Literary Imagination, Reading Race in American Literature, and Twentieth-Century Black Women Writers. Mitchell’s selected publications include articles on William Wells Brown, Harriet Wilson, Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, Arthur P. Davis, and Octavia Butler. She is the editor of Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present (1994). She is also the author of The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery, & Gender in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction (2002), and co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to African American Women’s Writing. Mitchell has been involved with a number of initiatives concerning diversity at Georgetown. In 2004 she co-chaired the University’s commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education. Mitchell is the founding director of the African American Studies Program at Georgetown, where she also directs the Minority Mentoring Program. Georgetown’s Black Student Alliance has recognized Mitchell with two Outstanding Faculty Awards. Her current research project is entitled “The Essential American: Toni Morrison, Identity, and Race.”