Simone J. Alexander, Ph.D.
Professor 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
- Provost's Faculty Scholarship Awards, Seton Hall University, 2009.
- Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers, 2005-2006; 2006-2007.
- Embodied Subjects: Policing and Politicking the (Black) Female Body
Münster: LIT Verlag & East Lansing, Michigan State University Press, 2011. 251-267.,
- Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering
Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey.,
- M/Otherly Guise or Guide?: Theorizing Jamaica Kincaid’s "Girl."
Africa World Press, 211-223. ,
- M/Othering the Nation: Women’s Bodies as Nationalist Trope in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
African American Review 43.3 (fall 2011): 373-390.,
- Bearing Witness: De/Cultivating Violence in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones
Anglistica 14.1 (2010): 57-70. ,
- Two Bo-Rat Can’t Live in the Same Hole’: Revis(ion)ing Indo-Caribbean Female Subjectivity in Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge
Les Carnets du Cerpac 9, Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2011. 265-290.,
- Unveiling the Mind: Nawal El Saadawi's Politics of Location and Identity (Book Chapter)
In Ernest N. Emenyonu and Maureen N. Eke (Eds.), "Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi," Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 35- 48,
- Mouthing a New Beginning: Diaspora Identity and Consciousness in Grace Nichols' The Fat Black Woman's Poems
New Mango Season: A Journal of Caribbean Women's Writing, 2(1), 33- 48,