Simone C. Drake
Simone Drake is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, focusing on: critical race, gender, and legal studies; theories of black feminisms and black masculinities; visual and popular culture; and the literature of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Many of these research areas intersect in her manuscript, Critical Appropriations: African American Women and the Construction of Transnational Identity (forthcoming Spring 2014 from LSU Press, Southern Literary Studies Series), and in her second book, When We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making (under contract with U of Chicago Press). A third book, Mansion Day School: Reviving the Uplift Tradition, is well under way, along with an edited volume, Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century (co-edited). She serves on the editorial board for Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (Indiana UP), and she is a junior scholar in the Ford Foundation supported Scholars Network on Black Masculinity. Her intellectual pursuits are deeply intertwined with a commitment to community engagement through work at her department’s Community Extension Center, as well as through volunteer grant writing and other services for the local community.
Critical Appropriations: African American Women and the Construction of Transnational Identity (LSU, Southern Literary Studies Series).
When We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making (U of Chicago, under contract)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“More than Nationalism in Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep and Kasi Lemmons’s Talk to Me.”
Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men. 1.2 (2013): 29-54.
Craig Brewer and Kara Walker Sexing the Difference and Rebuilding the South.” originally printed in
Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, special issue on gender and sexuality.
11.3 (2009): 230-252; re-printed in Black Genders and Sexualities: A Reader. Eds. Dána-Ain Davis and
Shaka McGlotten. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
“’So I Decided to Quit It and Try Something Else for a While’: Reading Agency in Nat
Love’s The Life and Adventures of Nat Love.” Eds. Peter Caster and Timothy Buckner. Fathers, Preachers, Rebels, Men: Black Masculinity in U.S. History and Literature, 1820-1945. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2011.
“A Space Beyond Beulah: Assessing the Mixed Race Body in Danzy Senna’s ‘The Land of Beulah.’’” America and the Black Body: Identity Politics in Print and Visual Culture. Ed. Carol E. Henderson. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009.
“Craig Brewer and Kara Walker Sexing the Difference and Rebuilding the South,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, special issue on gender and sexuality. 11.3 (2009): 230-252.
“Gendering Diasporic Migration in Erna Brodber’s Louisiana.” MaComère: Journal of the
Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. 8 (2006): 112-135.
“The Economies of Black Maleness in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” Flipping the Script: New Frontiers for Imagining Black Men and Masculinity. A publication of the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Black Masculinity. Under review.
“The Devil and the Saint: What Condoleezza Rice and Michelle Obama Have in Common.” Under Review.
- Critical Race, Gender, and Legal Studies
- Transnational Black Feminism
- Black Masculinities
- Visual and Popular Culture
- Literature of the African Diaspora in the Americas
- Ph.D., English, U. of Maryland, (2007)
- M.S.L., Master in the Study of Law, Ohio State U. (2013)
- BA, Classical Civilization and English, Denison U. (1997)