Joy James

Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities

Hollander Hall Rm 113


B.A. St. Mary's University, San Antonio (1980)
M.A. Fordham University, International Politics (1982)
Ph.D. Fordham University, Political Philosophy (1987)

Areas of Expertise

Political theory
Human rights
Antiblackness and genocide

Scholarship/Creative Work

Transcending the Talented Tenth
Resisting State Violence

Seeking the ‘Beloved Community’

Editor: The Angela Y. Davis Reader
Co-editor: The Black Feminist Reader

Anthologies on radical politics and abolitionism include:
The New Abolitionists
Imprisoned Intellectuals
Warfare in the American Homeland


Joy James is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities at Williams College.
James is author of: Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist PoliticsTranscending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American IntellectualsResisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture. Her edited books include: Warfare in the American HomelandThe New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison WritingsImprisoned IntellectualsStates of ConfinementThe 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.

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.

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