Humanities Department

Joy James

F.C. Oakley 3rd Century Professor of the Humanities and a professor in political science, Joy James is the author of: Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics; Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals; and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture.  Her edited books include: Warfare in the American Homeland; The New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings; Imprisoned Intellectuals; States of Confinement; The Black Feminist Reader (co-edited with TD Sharpley-Whiting); and The Angela Y. Davis Reader.  James is completing a book on the prosecution of 20th-century interracial rape cases, tentatively titled “Memory, Shame & Rage.” She has contributed articles and book chapters to journals and anthologies addressing feminist and critical race theory, democracy, and social justice.

Joy James is curator of the Harriet Tubman Literary Circle (HTLC) digital repository, which is part of the University of Texas human rights archives:

She is the recipient of grants, fellowships or awards from: the Fletcher Foundation; the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; the Rockefeller Foundation; the Bellagio Fellowship; the Aaron Diamond Foundation/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Ford Foundation; and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award.


Available publications:

  • “Activist Scholars or Radical Subjects?” Afterword coauthored with Edmund T. Gordon in Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship, ed. Charles Hale (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2008).
  • “Introduction,” in The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings, ed. Joy James.  (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2005).
  • “Introduction,” in Imprisoned Intellectuals: America’s Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion, ed. Joy James.  (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003).