Cynthia A. Callahan
Areas of Expertise
- American literature
- African American literature
- Adoption studies
- PhD, University of Delaware, 2004
- MA, University of Delaware, 1996
- BA, Rutgers University (Douglass College), 1994
Cynthia Callahan earned her PhD at the University of Delaware and her BA at Rutgers University (Douglass College). She teaches American and multi-ethnic American literatures. Her book, Kin of Another Kind: Transracial Adoption in American Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2011), explores the role of adoptive kinship in articulating racial and national identities in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. She guest edited the first all-bibliography and review issue of the journal Adoption & Culture (Vol. 4, 2014). She is national co-chair of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture.
- Kin of Another Kind: Transracial Adoption in American Literature. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
- “‘The Confounding Problem of Race’: Passing and Adoption in Charles Chesnutt’s The Quarry.” Modern Fiction Studies 48.2. (2002): 314-340.