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  • Maurice Wallace
  • Associate Chair of the English Department
  • Professor of English
  • Unit: Chair's Office
  • mw925@english.rutgers.edu
  • Office: Murray Hall, Room 052, College Ave Campus
  • Office Hours:

    Tuesdays 12-2 PM

  • Primary Areas of Specialization: African American literature and literary theory, 19th century American literature and culture, US Slavery and its afterlife, visual culture, sound studies, race and religion
  • Field of Interest: African-American & Diaspora, Gender & Sexuality, Nineteenth-Century American, Sound Studies, Theory
  • About:

    Maurice Wallace is associate professor of English at Rutgers. His fields of expertise include African American literature and cultural studies, nineteenth-century American literature, the history and representation of American slavery, and gender studies. He is the author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, a book on the history of black manhood in African American letters and culture, and is co-editor with Shawn Michelle Smith of a volume of scholarly articles on early photography and African American identity entitled Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African-American Identity. Professor Wallace has served on the editorial boards for American Literature and Yale Journal of Criticism and is a contributing editor to James Baldwin Review. His current research and writing agendas include a monograph on the religious life and leanings of Frederick Douglass, and a critical exploration into the sound of Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice. Professor Wallace also teaches in areas of visual culture and sound studies.


    Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Book(s):
  • Undergraduate Courses Taught:

    Major American Writers: Toni Morrison

    Photography and Literature

    Martin Luther King, Jr.: Power, Love, Justice

  • Graduate Courses Taught:

    ‘Black Is… Black Ain’t…’: Currents in African American Literary and Cultural Theory

    Slavery and the Problem of Aesthetics

  • Awards:

    John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Fellowship, Duke University

    William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of African American Literature and Culture, Modern Language Association

  • Other Publications:

    “The Dream Keepers: William Bullard and New Negro Portraiture in Worcester Massachusetts, 1897-1917” introduction to Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, ed. Jannette Greenwood and Nancy Kathryn Burns, (Worcester, 2019) forthcoming.

    “Race, Writing and Eschatological Hope: The Religious Roots of African American Literature, 1800-1830,” African American Literature in Transition, 1800-1830, ed. Jasmine Cobb (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2019), forthcoming

    “’Precious Lord’: Black Mother-Loss and the Roots of Modern Gospel,” Religions. 10:4. ed. Carol E. Henderson (MDPI, 2019), pp. 1-13.

    “The Pack-House Portraits,” introduction to Photos Day and Night, ed. Sara Stack (New York: Red Hook Editions, 2019), pp, 65-73.

  • Education: 1995 Ph.D., English Literature Duke University 1989 A.B., English Literature and African & African American Studies Cum laude. Washington University in St. Louis