Department Leadership

J.A. White

Headshot of J A WhiteAssociate Professor, Interim Chairperson
J. A. White, Ph.D., is an associate professor and interim chairperson of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He earned the B.A. in English from The Johns Hopkins University in 1978, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, specializing in Anglo-Saxon and Romantic literature. He is the author of Hero-Ego in Search of Self: A Jungian Reading of Beowulf (Peter Lang, 2004).

His research interests include literature and archetypal psychology; popular culture, especially film; and LGBTQ studies. He combined these interests in his latest published chapter, "In the Dark of Your Own Psyche : Jungian Theory and Horror." In Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror. Eds. Aalya Ahmed and Sean Moreland (2013). He is currently working on a proposal for a book which will aid instructors in translating an understanding of intersectionality into an inclusive pedagogy for the undergraduate classroom.


B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
PhD., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Research Areas:

Literature & Archtypal Psychology, Popular Culture, LGBTQ Studies

Phone: 443/885.3165

Julie Cary Conger

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Julie Cary Conger 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