Cheryl A. Wall
Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Distinguished Professor of English
(848) 932-7079
African-American & Diaspora, Gender & Sexuality

African American and African Diaspora Literature; Gender and Sexuality

Professor Wall is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition (2005) and Women of the Harlem Renaissance (1995), and the editor of Changing Our Own Words: Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women (1989). She has edited two volumes of writing by Zora Neale Hurston for the Library of America – Novels and Short Stories (1995) and Folklore, Memoirs and Other Writings (1995) – as well as two volumes of criticism on Hurston's fiction: "Sweat": Texts and Contexts (1997) and Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Casebook (2000). She is the section editor for "Literature since 1975" in the Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2003). Professor Wall, a specialist in Black women's writing, the Harlem Renaissance, and Zora Neale Hurston, serves on the editorial board of American Literature and on the advisory boards of African American Review and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. A former chair of the department, Professor Wall remains active in university affairs. In 2003, she was co-principal with Mary Hartman of the Institute for Women's Leadership on "Reaffirming Action: Designs for Diversity in Higher Education." This Ford Foundation-funded initiative examined the strategies higher education institutions successfully employ to enhance racial and gender equity. Most recently, Professor Wall was selected by President McCormick to serve as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee on Implementation, a body organized to enact sweeping changes in undergraduate education at Rutgers. She has just become co-chair, with Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick, of the President's Council on Institutional Diversity and Equity. 

Professor Wall, who received the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, remains an active teacher. She was named a Board of Governors Professor of English in December 2006, and named the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English in January 2007.

Murray Hall, Room 048, College Ave Campus

  • Black Narrative
  • Black Women Writers
  • The African American Essay
  • Topics in Black Literature and Culture
  • Black Narrative
  • Black Women Writers
  • The African American Essay
  • Topics in Black Literature and Culture
  • Policy Makers Award, Executive Women of New Jersey, 2008
  • Human Dignity Award, Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, Rutgers University, 2007
  • The Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University, 2006
  • Advisory Board, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2005-
  • Advisory Board, African American Review, (formerly Black American Literature Forum), 1989 -
  • Member, College Language Association
  • Member, Zora Neale Hurston Society

PhD, Harvard University
BA, Howard University