Verner D. Mitchell


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Verner Mitchell


B.S., 1979, Political Science, US Air Force Academy
M.A., 1985, English, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 1995, English, Rutgers University

Academic Summary

Dr. Mitchell teaches a broad range of African American literature courses. His principal area of research has been women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. He is currently working on two projects, one on the poet Waring Cuney, and a second on African American military veterans.  

Select Publications

  • “Yours for Humanity: An Examination of the Life and Work of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1856-1930).” In Afro-Caribbean Women’s Writing and Early American Literature. Ed. LaToya Jefferson-James. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2022. 33-48. 
  • “Langston Hughes and the 1930s: From Harlem to the USSR.” In African American Literature In Transition, 1930-1940. Ed. Eve Dunbar and Ayesha Hardison. New York: Cambridge UP, 2022. 296-320. Co-authored with Cynthia Davis. 
  • Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle, A Biography of the Harlem Renaissance. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012. Co-authored with Cynthia Davis.
  • Western Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance: The Life and Writings of Anita Scott Coleman. Norman: U of Oklahoma Press, 2008. Co-edited with Cynthia Davis.
  • Where the Wild Grape Grows: Selected Writings by Dorothy West, 1930-1950. Amherst: UofMassachusetts Press, 2005. Co-edited with Cynthia Davis.
  • This Waiting for Love: Helene Johnson, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Amherst: UofMassachusetts Press. 2000.