Joy James

Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Humanities

[email protected] 413-597-4867
Schapiro Hall Rm 138


B.A. St. Mary's University, San Antonio (1980)
M.A. Fordham University, International Politics (1982)
Ph.D. Fordham University, Political Philosophy (1987)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

INTR 219 T / PSCI 219 / WGSS 219

Women in National Politics

INTR 232

Genocide in the 20th Century: Shaping Political Theories of Human Rights Advocacy

WGSS 343 T / AFR 343 / AMST 343 / INTR 343(S)

Representations of Racial-Sexual Violence from Enslavement to Emancipation

PSCI 346 / AFR 334 / INTR 334

Radical Theories of Political Struggle: Anti-Black Racism and the Obama Administration


Professor of the Humanities and professor of political science.

James is author of: Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist PoliticsTranscending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American IntellectualsResisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture. Her edited books include: Warfare in the American HomelandThe New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison WritingsImprisoned IntellectualsStates of ConfinementThe Black Feminist Reader (co-edited with TD Sharpley-Whiting); and The Angela Y. Davis Reader. James is completing a book on the prosecution of 20th-century interracial rape cases, tentatively titled “Memory, Shame & Rage.” She has contributed articles and book chapters to journals and anthologies addressing feminist and critical race theory, democracy, and social justice.

James is a senior research fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is co-curator of digital repositories for the Warfield Center and the Harriet Tubman Literary Circle, an educational nonprofit organization.

She is the recipient of grants, fellowships or awards from: the Fletcher Foundation; the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; the Rockefeller Foundation; the Bellagio Fellowship; the Aaron Diamond Foundation/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Ford Foundation; and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award.