Nafissa D Thompson-Spires

Assistant Professor of English,African American Studies, and Jewish Culture and Society

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Television Studies: Youth Culture and Sitcoms
  • 20th Century American Literature

Research Description

  • In my fiction, I consider what it means to be a (black)subject in an era of alleged postracialism, particularly when gender,technology, and disability intersect with racial identity.

    In my research, I examine how television series--especially youth series--circulate internationally and come to define cultural aesthetics, approaches to multiculturalism, and models of didacticism. 


  • PhD in English--Vanderbilt University
  • MFA in Creative Writing--University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Distinctions / Awards

  • Winner, 2014 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction
  • Honorable Mention, 2013 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction



  • Heads of the Colored People (forthcoming). New York: Atria/ 37 Ink, 2018.

Short Stories

Journal Articles

  • "Tolerated, But Not Preferred: Troubling The Unconscious Of Televisual Multiculturalism." American Review of Canadian Studies 41.3 (2011): 293-307.

Website Articles

  • "As Canadian as… Possible under the Circumstances: Canadian Youth Television in the United States ." FLOWTV. 13 Nov. 2009.
  • "Degrassi’s Always Greener on the Other Side: Canadian Television, U.S. Handling.." FLOWTV. 2 Dec. 2009.

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