Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst; B.A. Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Trimiko Melancon earned her B.A. in English from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her teaching and scholarly interests lie primarily in African American and American literature and culture; black feminist theory and criticism; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; and African American and Black German Studies. An inaugural Visiting Scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University, Professor Melancon has been the J. William Fulbright Scholar of American Literature and American Studies in Berlin, Germany, a Mellon Mays University Fellow, and a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar. She has received grants and fellowships that have facilitated the continued support of her interdisciplinary research and teaching: from the Andrew W. Mellon, Woodrow Wilson, and Nellie Mae Foundations, as well as the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright Commission. Her publications appear in African American Review, Callaloo, and the Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Her book, Unbought and
Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women and the Politics of Representation, examines, through the trope of sexuality, post-civil rights novelists’ subversion of representations of black women in the American literary and cultural imagination.