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Simone Alexander 75

Simone J. Alexander, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Department of English


Dr. Alexander specializes in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Postcolonial Literature.

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. Her primary fields of research include, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Literature, Migration and Diaspora Studies. Her courses, Major Authors: Toni Morrison, Postcolonial Women Writers, and Migrations and Diasporas directly engage students with feminist and gender studies. Dr. Alexander also teaches Contemporary Russian Literature and graduate courses in Postcolonial Literature. She is an affiliate member of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. 

Dr. Alexander is the author of African Diasporic Women’s Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival and Citizenship (University Press of Florida, 2014), Mother Imagery in the Novels of Afro-Caribbean Women (University of Missouri Press, 2001) and co-editor of Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering (Africa World Press, 2013). She is currently working on her fourth book project, Black Freedom in Communist Russia: Great Expectations, Utopian Visions.  

Curriculum vitae »


  • 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

  • Global Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, Spring 2014.
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Awards, Seton Hall University, 2009.
  • Winner of the College Language Association Creative Scholarship Award (2015) for the book,  African Diasporic Women's Narrative: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship.



Office Phone
(973) 275-5881


Office Location
Room 366
Fahy Hall


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