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Joycelyn Moody

Joycelyn Moody

Department of English, University of Texas San Antonio
Faculty Fellow


Dr. Joycelyn Moody (she/they/hers/theirs) is Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature and Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio (US). Her research and teaching concentrate on Black life writing and auto/biography, Black feminisms, and Black print cultures. She earned her MA in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in English at the University of Kansas (1993). Moody earned tenure at the University of Washington-Seattle and has taught university students since 1984 at various institutions, including South Georgia College, Hamilton College, and the Harvard Divinity School. Besides numerous articles and book chapters, she is author of Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Autobiographies of Nineteenth-Century African American Women and the second edition of the teacher's handbook for the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. She was Editor of African American Review while on faculty at Saint Louis University (2004-2009). Most recently, she edited A History of African American Autobiography (Cambridge UP, 2021). She is Series Editor of African American Literature in Translation (Cambridge UP) and since 2009, she has served as Co-Editor of the reprint series Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture (West Virginia UP), to which she contributed Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (2014). Moody serves on two academic advisory boards. In 2022, she concluded 12 years as Founding Director of UTSA's African American Literatures and Cultures Institute, a graduate pipeline program for underrepresented college juniors. Moody is currently 2022-2023 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Society and Culture at the University of Alberta.

Keywords: Black life writing, Black feminisms, Black print Cultures