Candice M. Jenkins, Associate Professor of English, earned her B.A. from Spelman College (1996), and her Ph.D. from Duke University (2001), both in English. A scholar and teacher of 20th and 21st century African American literature and culture, she regularly teaches courses on “post-soul” or post-Civil Rights era African American fiction, African American literature and the politics of color, including contemporary “passing” narratives, multicultural American literature, and hip hop (as) narrative, as well as black women’s writing and black feminist theory.
Professor Jenkins’ research uses a critical black feminist lens to consider how a variety of African American cultural texts address evolving questions of racial subjectivity, sexual politics, and class in the United States. Her first book, Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2007. The book examines how African American writers articulate the political consequences of intimacy for the already-vulnerable black subject. In 2008, Private Lives, Proper Relations was awarded the William Sanders Scarborough Prize by the Modern Language Association. She is now at work on a new manuscript exploring black middle-class embodiment in post-Civil Rights-era African American fiction. She is also guest-editing a special issue of the journal African American Review on “Hip Hop and the Literary.”
A 1996 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies, and an alumna of the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, Professor Jenkins is also a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty (2004-2005). In addition to her work as a faculty member in the English Department, Dr. Jenkins is Hunter’s MMUF Program Coordinator.