Derrick R. Spires
Assistant Professor of English
PhD., English, Vanderbilt University (2012); M.A., English, Vanderbilt University (2005); B.A., English, Tougaloo College (2004)
American Studies, Early African American Print Culture, Early U.S. Literature and History, Twentieth Century African American Literature and Culture, Citizenship Studies and Race Theory, Literature and Religion, Science/Speculative Fiction, Literature and Science
ENGL 559, Graduate Seminar: Early African American Print Culture , ENGL 396, Honors Seminar: Richard Wright, ENGL 455, Major Authors: Richard Wright: Texts and Contexts , ENGL 274, Literature and Society: Literature, History, and Collective Memory, ENGL 109, Introduction to Fiction: Fantastic Voyages
MT: 3:15 - 4:15 pm, or by appointment
Representations of Race and Citizenship, Early African American Literature and Culture, Early American Literature and Politics, Science/Speculative Fiction, Political Aesthetics
African American Studies, American, early, Theory and Criticism, Fiction
Work(s) in Progress
Black Theories of Citizenship in the Early U.S., 1793-1860 (book manuscript)
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- Early African American Print Culture
- Representations of Race and Citizenship
- Early American Literature and Political Culture
- Richard Wright
- Speculative/Science Fiction
- PhD., English, Vanderbilt University (2012)
- M.A., English, Vanderbilt University (2005)
- B.A., English, Tougaloo College (2004)
Distinctions / Awards
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Teachers of English, 2016-2017.
- Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2017.
- Mellon Caltech-Huntington Postdoctoral Instructor, California Institute of Technology, 2013-2014
- MT: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, or by appointment.
- Spires, Derrick R. "“‘I read my Mission as ‘twere a book’: Temporality and Form in the Early African American Serial Sketch Tradition” ." A Question of Time: From Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction. Ed. Cindy Weinstein . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- Spires, Derrick R. "“Imagining a Nation of Fellow Citizens: Early African American Politics of Publicity”." Early African American Print Culture in Theory and Practice. Ed. Lara L. Cohen and Jordan A. Stein. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
- Baker, Houston A., and Derrick R. Spires. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. A Penguin Enriched eBook. New York: Penguin, 2009.
- Graves, Harrison, Jake Alspaugh, P. G. Foreman, and Sarah Patterson. "“Henry Highland Garnet's ‘Address To The Slaves’” ." Colored Conventions: Bringing Nineteenth Century Black Organizing to Digital Life. 1 Jun. 2017. University of Delaware.