Angelyn L Mitchell


Associate Professor
Director, Minority Mentoring Program


(On leave Fall 2016)


Department of English
General profile



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Angelyn Mitchell is an associate professor in the Departments of English and African American Studies.

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

Dr. Mitchell 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), a study of twentieth-century liberatory narratives. 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 and the Politics of Race." Her next book projects include: "Three Transformative Years: A Racial Biography of 1963, 1965, and 1968" and "Performing Activism: Lena, Eartha, and Nina."

Dr. Mitchell founded Georgetown University's African American Studies Program in 2003 and served as its first 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.

She has served as a consultant and advisor for diversity training, inclusive teaching and curricular reforms.


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