Three African-American Scholars Join the Department of English at Cornell University

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Derrick Spires has been named an associate professor in the department of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He specializes in early African-American and American print culture, citizenship studies, and Black speculative fiction. He is the author of The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).  Dr. Spires is a graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where he majored in English. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D....

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