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 Druzhby Narodof, Moscow, Russia. Her primary fields of research include Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Caribbean 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 affiliated faculty of the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Russian and East European Studies Program.
Dr. Alexander’s book African Diasporic Women’s Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival and Citizenship (University Press of Florida, 2014; reprinted May 2016) is the recipient of the 2015 College Language Association Creative Scholarship Award. The book also received an Honorable Mention from the African Literature Association Book of the Year Scholarship Award, 2015. She is also the author of 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). Alexander is currently working on Bodies of (In)Difference: Gender, Sexuality and Nationhood in Caribbean Women’s Literature and 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
Embodied Subjects: Policing and Politicking the (Black) Female Body (Book Chapter) Münster: LIT Verlag & East Lansing, Michigan State University Press, 2011. 251-267, August 2013.
Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering. Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, 2013.
M/Otherly Guise or Guide?: Theorizing Jamaica Kincaid’s "Girl." Africa World Press, 211-223, April 2013.
"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, September 2012.
"Bearing Witness: De/Cultivating Violence in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones." Anglistica 14.1 (2010): 57-70, September 2012.
"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, August 2011.
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, February 2010.
"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, May 2008.
Caribbean Women Writers and Activism: Amy Jacques Garvey, Claudia Jones, and Audre Lorde (Book Chapter) In Sandra M. Grayson and Muyiwa Falaiye (Eds.), "Sparks of Resistance, Flames of Change: Black Communities and Activism," Nigeria: Foresight Press, 131- 143, May 2005.
"Healing and Reconciliation in Paule Marshall's The Fisher King." Network 2000: In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, 11, 11- 20, April 2001.
- 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.