Michael Hill

Michael Hill
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Education: 
PhD, Harvard University, 2004
Office: 
510 JB, 350 EPB
Phone: 
319-384-3330
Curriculum Vitae: 
Additional Appointment: 
English
Research Interests: 
Post-WWII African-American Literature

My research focuses on post-Harlem Renaissance African-American literature. Looking at debates about cultural merit, I explore how black creative styles reveal the challenges of creating a multiracial democracy. My first book, The Ethics of Swagger: Prizewinning African American Novels, 1977-1993, examined this idea in the context of the Reagan Era. Examining the span from 1929 to 2008, my present project considers the ways that adolescence recurs as a generative metaphor in black creative expression. I also teach and write about hip hop, James Alan McPherson, August Wilson, and Suzan-Lori Parks.