Department Leadership

Dolan Hubbard

Professor, Chairperson
Dr. Dolan Hubbard is professor and chairperson of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland (1998-Present). He earned degrees in English from B.A, Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) in 1971, M.A., the University of Denver in 1974, and the Ph.D. in English, specializing in African American literature, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Harvard University where he was a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research in spring 2012, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American literature, Diaspora studies, and Digital Humanities. He is an executive director of the forthcoming documentary, Black Scholars in America: The Story of the College Language Association. He is author or editor of the following works: The Sermon and the African American Literary Imagination, The Souls of Black Folk: One Hundred Years Later. Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts: Race, Class, and Gender in Black Women's Literature, and Praisesong for Survival: The Collected Essays of Richard K. Barksdale. He is a member of the editorial board of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes and has served as editor the Langston Hughes Review. He is completing a book-length manuscript entitled "Du Bois and the Luminous Darkness."


B.A. Catawba College
M.A., University of Denver
PhD., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Areas:

African American Literature, Digital Humanities

Phone: 443/885.3165

Julie Nerad

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Julie Cary Nerad is an associate professor of English and a faculty member in the Women's & Gender Studies Program. She earned a doctoral degree in American Literature, as well as graduate certificates in Women's Studies and in Social Theory, from the University of Kentucky in 2002. She earned her M.A. degree in English from Georgia State University and her B.A. degree in English from Florida International University.

Her primary research and teaching areas include nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States literature and culture; critical race theory; African American literature and culture; and Women's & Gender Studies. She is editor of and contributor to a collection of critical essays entitled Passing Interest: Racial Passing in U. S. Novels, Memoirs, Television, and Film, 1990-2010 (SUNY P, 2014), and the contributing editor for a special issue entitled "Leaping into the Fire: Representations of Women in U. S. Race Riots," of the journal SLI: Studies in the Literary Imagination. Her essays have appeared in American Literature, African American Review, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, and LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. She has authored numerous encyclopedia articles on topics from Uncle Tom's Cabin, to racial passing, to the works of Toni Morrison. Her current project is a monograph exploring sexual reproduction in twentieth-century feminist utopias and dystopias.


B.A., Florida International University
M.A., Georgia State University
PhD., University of Kentucky

Research Areas:

American Literature, Critical Race Theory, Women's & Gender Studies

Phone: 443/885.1742