Angelyn L Mitchell


Associate Professor
Director, Minority Mentoring Program


(On leave Fall 2016)


Department of English
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Angelyn Mitchell is an associate professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member in the African American Studies Program.

Dr. Mitchell's teaching and research interests are in African American literary and cultural studies; Anglo-American literary and cultural studies; Black popular culture; cultural representations of race; slavery in the US; contemporary Black women writers; African American intellectual history; gender and racial politics; women's and gender studies; Black feminist theory and criticism; African-American studies, and American Studies. She is also an expert on Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's work. Dr. Mitchell has lectured nationally and internationally on Morrison's works and has conducted seminars for audiences ranging from high school teachers to international scholars. She is a founding member and past officer of the Toni Morrison Society.

Dr. Mitchell's selected publications include: articles on William Wells Brown, Harriet Wilson, Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, and Octavia Butler. She edited Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present (Duke UP, 1994), the first anthology to chronicle twentieth-century African American literary and cultural criticism. She is the author of The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery, & Gender in Contemporary Black Women's Fiction (Rutgers UP, 2002). She is the co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Writing (Cambridge UP, 2009).

She is currently completing a book entitled, "Toni Morrison: Narrating Whiteness." Her next research projects include: a cultural biography of the year 1963, a book exploring the cultural construction of daughters in contemporary African American women's fiction, and a book examining the aesthetic and political activism of actor Sidney Poitier.

Dr. Mitchell founded Georgetown University's African American Studies Program in 2003 and served as its director from 2003-2013. She currently directs the Minority Mentoring Program, a program for Georgetown undergraduate students of color who are interested in becoming professors.


  • Ph.D. () Howard University,
  • M.A. () North Carolina Central University,
  • B.A. () North Carolina State University,