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
- 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.
- Embodied Subjects: Policing and Politicking the (Black) Female Body (Book Chapter)
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,