Department of English

Maia Butler

Assistant Professor Maia Butler - Photo by Carie Kempton
Morton Hall 152


Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.A., University of Alaska at Anchorage

Academic Interests

Professor Butler has a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies. She is Assistant Professor of African American Literature, teaches in the Africana Studies Minor, and is affiliated faculty with Women’s and Gender Studies. Her main areas of interest are Africana Women’s Literature, Anglophone Postcolonial Literature and Theory, and Literary Feminisms. She has work under review on representations of digital diaspora in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, and on teaching Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Her current project is a monograph about postnationalisms in the work of contemporary African Women Writers. She is the co-founding Vice President of the Edwidge Danticat Society, and is the founder and moderator of a vibrant online #AcWri community serving underrepresented and traditionally marginalized scholars.

Courses Taught

ENG 357     African American Literature to 1945
ENG 110     Introduction to Literature: Many Voices, Many Souths

Recent Presentations

  • "Creative Transnationalisms: Floating Homeland as Postnational Community in Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously.” American Literature Association: San Francisco, California. May 2016.
  • “Imagining Countries, Re-memorying Homes: Displacement and Unhomeliness in NoViolet
  • Bulawayo’s We Need New Names.” Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS): Athens, Georgia. April 2015.
  • “Blogging Race, Blogging Nation: Discursive Construction of Home in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” South Atlantic MLA Conference: Atlanta, Georgia. November 2014.
  • “Problematizing Literary Depictions of American Colonialism: Reading the ‘new white man’ in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!” Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference: Oxford, Mississippi. June 2013