I teach, research, and write about African American Literature from its beginnings to the present.
“Dancing Up A Nation: Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.” Callaloo 30.2 (Summer 2007): 644-52.
"Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson," March 2015. Listen to the conversation and watch the UO Today interview with James Peterson.
Screening of documentary Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights and discussion with filmmaker Nevline Nnaji, April 2014.
"Racial Representations: African American Literature Since 1975" symposium, April 2013.
"Place and Displacement in African American Literature" symposium, March 2012.