Professor of English
214 Locke Hall
An expert in Caribbean and American literatures and in Theory, Dr. Hawthorne holds a Ph.D. and an MA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in English from Notre Dame College. She has been a fellow at Dartmouth College’s School of Critical Theory. Before coming to Howard University, Dr. Hawthorne taught English and American Literature, and Writing at American University, the State University of New York, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota. Among her published works are articles on Jean Rhys, Mary Seacole, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Roger Mais, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, and V.S. Naipaul in the scholarly journals Ariel, Biography, World Literature Written in English, MELUS, Black American Literature Forum (now African American Review), Journal of West Indian Literature, Macomere and Commonwealth Novel in English She has contributed to encyclopedias, and reviewed books for several journals.
Dr. Hawthorne’s most recently published article is the interdisciplinary (arts and science) essay “Race, Jamaican Bodies, and Eugenics/Genomics: An Autobiographic Mediation” inAuto/Biography and Mediation. She has produced a book on Roger Mais, The Writer in Transition: Roger Mais and the Decolonization of Culture (1989). She is presently at work on her book, The Usable Past: Caribbean Women Writers Fictions of Self Community and Nation, and researching transnational literary production. She has been a recipient of Andrew W. Mellon and National Endowment for the Humanities grants and has been invited to present her research at the Institute for Advanced Studies Princeton University and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She spearheaded and developed the Interdisciplinary Minor in Caribbean Studies, served as president of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Association and on committees of MLA. She was awarded Honorary Membership in the DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association in 2010.