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Simone Alexander 75

Simone J. Alexander, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Department of English

Dr. Alexander specializes in African Diaspora, Migration Literature and Caribbean Studies.


Simone A. James Alexander earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and holds Master of Arts degrees from Rutgers University and Universitet Druzby Narodof, Moscow, Russia. She is a comparitist specializing in African Diaspora, Migration Literature and Caribbean Studies with a special focus on feminist and gender studies. Her courses, Major Authors: Toni Morrison, Caribbean Literature, and Contemporary African Women Writers directly engage students with feminist and gender studies. Dr. Alexander also teaches Contemporary Russian Literature and a graduate course in African American Literature. She is an affiliate member of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Dr. Alexander is the author of Mother Imagery in the Novels of Afro-Caribbean Women (University of Missouri Press, 2001). Her articles have appeared in Mango Season (Goldsmith's College, UK), Revista Review InterAmericana, Langston Hughes Colloquy, African Literature Association Bulletin.Her chapter on the "teaching body" in the American classroom appeared in The Teacher's Body: Embodiment, Authority and Identity in the Academy (SUNY Press, 2003). Dr. Alexander's article on gender and citizenship is forthcoming in African American Review. Her current projects include two manuscripts, the first entitled Migrating Bodies: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship and the second, Black Freedom in Communist Russia: Great Expectations, Utopian Visions.


  • Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University, 1999
  • M.A., Rutgers, The State University, 1997;  M.A., Universitet Druzby Narodof, Moscow, Russia, 1993
  • B.A., Universitet Druzby Narodof, Moscow, Russia, 1991

Academic Distinctions

  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Awards, Seton Hall University, 2009.
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers, 2005-2006; 2006-2007.



Office Phone
(973) 275-5881


Office Location
Room 366
Fahy Hall


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