Trimiko Melancon

Assistant Professor

Trimikok Malancon, Assistant Professor
Office Location
329 Bobet Hall
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2278
Fax Number
(504) 865-2294
E-mail Address


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst; B.A. Xavier University of Louisiana

Short Bio

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 literary and cultural production; black feminist theory and criticism; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; and African American and Black German studies. An inaugural visiting scholar at the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics (Tulane University) and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (Emory University), Professor Melancon has also 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 also 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. She is the author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation (Temple, Nov. 2014), as well as co-editor of Black Female Sexualities (Rutgers, Jan. 2015). Her publications appear in African American Review, Callaloo, Reconstruction, and the Journal of Popular Culture, among other venues.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to African American Literature
  • African American Literature since 1900
  • American Literature since 1900
  • Great Figures: Toni Morrison
  • Writing about Literature: Texts and Textuality
  • Writing about Texts
  • Representations of Black Women in Literature
  • Race, Identity, and Nation

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