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Lori Harrison-Kahan

english department

Lori Harrison-Kahan

Associate Professor of the Practice of English

A.B. Princeton University
Ph.D. Columbia University

Stokes Hall S445
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-2014

Academic Profile

Lori Harrison-Kahan specializes in American literature and culture, modernism, gender studies, and comparative race and ethnic studies. A recipient of the American Studies Association’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars and Contingent Faculty, she is the author of The White Negress: Literature, Minstrelsy, and the Black-Jewish Imaginary (Rutgers University Press/American Literatures Initiative, 2011), which received an honorable mention for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Book Award. She is also the co-editor with Josh Lambert of “The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies,” a special issue of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (Summer 2012). Her essays and book reviews have been published in Callaloo, Cinema Journal, Jewish Social Studies, Legacy, MELUS, Modern Drama, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and The James Joyce Quarterly. Her work also appears in the anthologies Styling Texts: Dress and Fashion in Literature, Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, and The Race and Media Reader and is forthcoming in Passing Interest: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoirs, Television, and Film, 1990-2010, the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Nella Larsen, and The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Anglophone Jewish Fiction. Her current research projects include a study of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Jewish women writers from the Western United States; The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson; and a biography of the interracial friendship between W. E. B. Du Bois and Joel E. Spingarn. At BC, she teaches the First-Year Writing Seminar, Creative Nonfiction, Literature as Testimony, Traditions and Counter-traditions, Studies in Narrative, Introduction to American Studies, Making and Remaking Americans, American Literary History II, and an advanced topics seminar on “Friendship, Love, and Social Taboo.”