Stefanie Dunning

Stefanie DunningAssociate Professor
Affiliate, Black World Studies
Affiliate, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

378 Bachelor Hall, Oxford Campus


  • PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2001
  • MA, University of California, Riverside 
  • BA, Spelman College   

Teaching and Research Interests

  • African American Literature
  • American Literature
  • Film and visual culture
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Nature Writing and Discourses
  • Science Fiction/Speculative Literature

Selected Publications


  • Black to Nature: Pastoral Return and African American Culture. Forthcoming in 2021 from the University Press of Mississippi.
  • Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.


  • Review of "Work!: A Queer History of Modeling," Forthcoming in The Journal of African American History, 2020.
  • "What is the Future? Weirdness and Black Time in Sorry to Bother You," Studies in the Fantastic, Fall 2020.
  • "Learn or Die: Survival and Anarchy in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower," Human Contradictions in Octavia Butler's Work, Palgrave/MacMillian, 2020.
  • Review of "A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire," and "Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis," in American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 654-656.
  • "Introducing Multiple Readings of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man in the Classroom," Teaching (Con)Texts: Frameworks for Engaging Culture and Craft in American Literatures, McFarland, 2014.
  • Review of four works on mixed-race literature, in Signs, 2014
  • Review of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, in South Asian Review, December 2012.
  • “The Wounded City: Ambiguous Subjectivity and the riotous metropolis in Samuel Delany’s Dhalgren,” The Idea of the City (anthology) 2009.
  • “Ironic Soil: Recuperative Rhythms and Negotiated Nationalism.” African American Review. 39: 1-2, 2005. This essay won the African American Review award at the 2006 MLA for Best 20th Century Literature essay of 2005.
  • "Brown Like Me: An Essay of Shifting Ideology." Mixing It Up. Eds. SanSan Kwan and Kenneth Spears. University of Texas Press, Fall 2004.
  • "Parallel Perversions: Interracial and Same Sexuality in James Baldwin’s Another Country.” MELUS 26:2 (Winter 2001). 95-115.
  • "Vegetarianism without Self-righteousness: The Politics of ‘Consciousness’ and Cultural Identity.” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 2.3 (Winter 1999). 144-152.

Grants and Awards

  • Ford Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • African American Review awardee with essay, “Ironic Soil: Recuperative Rhythms and Negotiated Nationalism” at the 2006 MLA for Best 20th Century Literature essay of 2005.

Work in Progress

Dr. Dunning is at work on her third book project, Kissing The Sky: Infinity, Presence, and Embodied Time, which explores a range of texts and sites in the context of temporality, contemplative Zen practices, and embodiment.