Primary Office: Callaway N104
At Emory Since: 2012
Abdul R. JanMohamed received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1977. Prior to his appointment as August Baldwin Longstreet Chair in English and African American Studies Departments at Emory (2012), Professor JanMohamed taught at University of California, Berkeley, and prior to that at Boston University. He has been a visiting professor in many other universities. Professor JanMohamed’s research focuses on 20th Century African American fiction, Postcolonial literature (particularly African), and various aspects of critical theory. He is the author of four books: Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial Africa (1983, 1988), The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse, (ed. with David Lloyd, 1990), The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death (2005), and Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste (ed. with Prafulla Kar, 2011). His articles have been published in a number of leading journals (e.g. 21st Century Literature, Ariel, An-kwa-Bak, boundary 2, Critical Inquiry, Cultural Critique, Cultural Studies, The Griot, Jouvert, etc.) He was a founding editor of Cultural Critique.