Department of English
207 Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3363

College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Michelle M. Wright

Becoming Black

Associate Professor
Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 1997

110J Lind Hall
Curriculum Vitae

Michelle M. Wright was born in Rome, Italy, the daughter of an African American diplomat and Czech-Polish American schoolteacher, and lived there as well as in Florence, Italy; Rabat, Morocco; The Hague, Holland, and Waterloo, Belgium. She did one year of undergraduate study through an international program at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and was the Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the Amerika Institut of the University of Munich in 2006-7.

Michelle works on theories of blackness and the African/Black Diaspora, looking specifically at how "blackness" as both an individual and group identity achieves different meanings depending on gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and national origins. She is currently working on her next book project, The Physics of Blackness: The African Diaspora in the Postwar Era, and has lectured extensively in both Europe and the United States, including Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Paris, the University of Rome, as well as Yale, Brown, and Cornell universities.

Department Affiliations

Departments of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; American Studies; African American and African Studies

Areas of Expertise

African diaspora studies; Black Atlantic studies; Black European studies; African American studies; literary theory; postcolonial theory.

Selected Publications

Blackness and Sexualities. FORECAAST (Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies). Ed. Michelle M Wright and Antje Schuhmann. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2007.

Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices. Ed. Michelle M. Wright, Faith Wilding, and Maria Fernandez. New York: Autonomedia Press, 2003.

Reading the Black German Experience. Ed. Michelle M. Wright and Tina M. Campt. A special issue of Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters 26.2 (2003).

"What is Black Identity?"Cahiers Charles V. : L’Objet Identité: Épistémologie et Transversalité 40 (2006).

"Finding a Place in Cyberspace: Black Women, Technology and Identity."Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26.1 (2005).

"Others-from-Within from Without: Afro-German Subject Formation and the Challenge of a Counter-Discourse."Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters. 26.2 (2003).

"Racism and Technology."I Switch: Social/Networks. San Jose State University. 6.2 (2001).

"A Brief History of African American Thought in the Twentieth Century”. Black Inc. Africanismi in America. Ed. E.S. Tiberini. Rome: Centro d’Informazione e Stampa Universitaria (CISU) Press, 2007.

"Das Städtische Diaspora: Schwarze Bewußtseinen in Berlin, London und Paris" (The Urban Diaspora: Black Subjectivities in Berlin, London and Paris). Der Black Atlantic. Ed. Paul Gilroy, Tina M. Campt and Fatima El-Tayeb. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt Verlag, 2004.

Graduate Courses

Theorizing the Black Diaspora

Undergraduate Courses

Black Women Writers of the United States
Murder Made Easier: The Detective Novel from Victoria to Today