Koritha Mitchell specializes in African American literature, racial violence throughout U.S. literature and contemporary culture, and black drama & performance. She examines how texts, both written and performed, have helped terrorized families and communities survive and thrive. Her study Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890 - 1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011) won book awards from the American Theatre & Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Her essay “James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie” appears in the March 2012 issue of American Quarterly, and her Callaloo journal article "Love in Action" draws parallels between racial violence at the last turn of the century and anti-LGBT violence today. For full access to these and other articles and reviews, visit Selected Works of Koritha Mitchell. She maintains a blog about her book (livingwithlynching.blogspot.com), and on Twitter, she is @ProfKori.
- U.S. Ethnic and Post-Colonial
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- American Literature to 1900
- 20th-Century British and American Literature
- PhD, University of Maryland, College Park