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DoVeanna S. Fulton, Ph.D.

Dean of College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Office: S1015
713-221-8009
fultond@uhd.edu

​DoVeanna S. Fulton, dean and professor of African American and Women’s Studies. Dr. Fulton earned her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty at UHD, she was the founding chair of the department of Gender and Race Studies as well as served as director of Graduate Studies and of African American Studies at the University of Alabama. Additionally, she was a faculty member at Arizona State University, the University of Memphis, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia. Her research interests are Black feminist criticism and African American oral traditions. Her research concentrates on Black women’s discursive practices in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her books, Speaking Power: Black Feminist Orality in Women’s Narratives of Slavery, (2006) and Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three African American Women’s Oral Slave Narratives (co-edited with Reginald Pitts, 2009) and Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Erotic Literacies, Feminist Pedagogies, Environmental Justice Perspectives (co-edited with Elizabeth McNeil, Neal Lester, and Lynette Myles. Palgrave, Forthcoming) examine written and oral traditions in African American women’s life narratives. She has published articles in such distinguished journals as Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers and the Journal of American Folklore and contributed a book chapter to the Oxford Handbook to Slave Narratives (forthcoming). In addition to lecturing throughout the United States, Dr. Fulton has presented her work in many countries: England, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, and Mexico. She has several projects in progress, including the Bedford College Edition of Nella Larsen’s novel Quicksand and her manuscript Radical Prohibition: African Americans Writing Race and the Anti-Drink Movement, 1860-1919, a monograph on African American activism in the Temperance Movement. To pursue this project, Dr. Fulton received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

1999   University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Ph.D.  American Studies.
Concentrations: African-American Literature, Women’s Studies, Oral Discourse Analysis.

1995-1996   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  C.I.C. Traveling Scholar.

1994  Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.  B.A.  English.  Summa Cum Laude.

1987–1991  Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI.  Business  Administration; Marketing Concentration.


Undergraduate

Introduction to African American Studies

African American Literature

Alabama in Ghana Field Studies

Recovering Black Women’s Voices and Lives

African American Literature through the Harlem Renaissance

African American Literature since the Harlem Renaissance

Studies in Women and Literature

Major African American Writers

Short Story

Literature of the U. S.: 1860-Present

American Novel since 1900

Literary Heritage: African American Literature

Undergraduate Honors Seminar

Writing and Literature


Graduate

Black Feminisms

Teaching Gender and Race Alabama in Ghana Field Studies Teaching Women’s Studies

Recovering Black Women’s Voices and Lives

Black Women “Writing” Identity

Verbal/Visual Texts: Discourses of Power—Racial, Gender, Class and Sexual Speech Acts in

African American Texts

Cultural Texts: Lynching—Race, Violence, Sex and the Law in American Culture

African American Literature, Beginnings to 1900: Frederick Douglass—His Life, His Work, His

Legacy

Dissertation Seminar

Books

Quicksand by Nella Larsen.  Edited with new introduction and chronology.  Boston: Bedford-St. Martin's.  In Press. Print. 

Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Erotic Literacies, Feminist Pedagogies, Environmental Justice Perspectives.  Co-edited with Elizabeth McNeil, Neal Lester, and Lynette Myles.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  Print. ​      http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137282217

Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three Women's Oral Slave Narratives.  Co-edited with Reginald Pitts.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press.  2009.  Print.  Selected for study by Society for the Study of American Women Writers Texas Regional Study Group, February 2013.                 http://www.sunypress.edu/p-4946-speaking-lives-authoring-texts.aspx

Speaking Power: Black Feminist Orality in Women's Narratives of Slavery.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press.  2006.   Print.                 http://www.sunypress.edu/p-4211-speaking-power.aspx

Book Chapters

“Looking for ‘the Alternative[s]’: Locating Sapphire’s Push in African American Literary Tradition through Literacy and Orality”  Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Erotic Literacies, Feminist Pedagogies, Environmental Justice Perspectives. Ed. DoVeanna S. Fulton, et. al.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 

"'There is Might in Each': Slave Narratives and Black Feminism."  The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative.  Ed. John Ernest.  New York: Oxford University Press.  2014.  Print. 248-259. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-the-african-american-slave-narrative-9780199731480?cc=us&lang=en&


"Strong Drink, Strong Work: Frederick Douglass, Frances E. W. Harper, and Martin R. Delaney Working Temperance, Working Race." Loopholes and Retreats.  Ed. Hanna Wallinger and John Gruesser.  LIT Verlag, 2009.  81-100.  Print.


"'Come through the water, come through the flood': Black Women's Gospel Practices and Social Critique." Journal of Religion and Society.13 (2011). http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/toc/2011.html

"Sowing Seeds in an Untilled Field: Temperance and Race, Indeterminacy and Recovery in Frances E. W. Harper's Sowing and Reaping." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.  24 (2007).  207-224.  Print. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25679609?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents


"Comic Views and Metaphysical Dilemmas: Shattering Cultural Images through Self-Definition and Representation by Black Women Comedians."   Journal of American Folklore 117 (2004): 81-96.  Print.          http://www.jstor.org/Comic Views and Metaphysical Dilemmas: Shattering Cultural Images through Self-Definition and Representation by Black Comediennes


Refereed Journal Publications

“‘Going After Something Else’: Sapphire on the Evolution from Push to Precious and The Kid.” Co-edited with Elizabeth McNeil, Neal Lester, and Lynette Myles.  Callaloo 37.2 (2014).

“Speak Sister, Speak, Oral Empowerment in Louisa Picquet, The OctoroonLegacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 15 (1998): 98-103.

Review Essays, Book/Film Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries

Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History by Milton C. Sernett. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly.  32 (2009): 366.

“Spirituals.”  Writing African American Women : An Encyclopedia of Literature by and about Women of Color.  Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu, general editor.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.  2006.  816-820.

“Ralph Ellison: American Thinker-Tinker.”  Review of American Masters: “Ralph Ellison: An American Journey” Avon Kirkland, Director http://www.kaet.asu.edu/exclusive/ellison_fulton.html, August 2005.

Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madame C. J. Walker by Barbara Lowry. Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies 34 (2003): 247-248.

Southern History Across the Color Line by Nell Irvin Painter. Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies 34 (2003): 58-59.

Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction by Venetria K. Patton and Dreaming Black/Writing White: The Hagar Myth in American Cultural History by Janet Gabler- Hover.  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 17 (2000): 230-232.

“Sylvia Dubois.”  The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery. Junius P. Rodriguez, general editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1997.  226-227.  Reprinted in Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia.Ed.,Junius P. Rodriguez. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007.  267-268. 

“Maria W. Stewart.”  The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery. Junius P. Rodriguez, general editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1997.  610.  Reprinted in Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia.Ed.,Junius P. Rodriguez. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007.  463. 

Nonrefereed Publications

“Sisterhood Really Is Global.”  The Monitor. Vol. VII, No. 109.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2000. 

Interviews

“Dialogue Houston” HCC-TV.  11 Nov. 2015. 

“Black Lives Matter Movement in Houston.”  Houston Matters. 23 Oct. 2015. “Houston Matters.” KUHF. 2 May 2014.

“The Black Voice.”  Fox26. 9 Mar 2014. http://www.myfoxhouston.com/video?clipId=9909547&autostart=true

“UHD’s Collaboration with OBA.”  26 Apr 2013. http://www.theobaproject.org/#!houston/cjg9

“UA Presents a Night of Poetry Jazz.”  Crimson White.  21 Apr 2010. http://www.cw.ua.edu/?p=2486 

“Town Hall: DoVeanna Minor.”  Tuscaloosa News.  5 Feb. 2010. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDngkhgvYhc

“Work of Tuscaloosa’s First Black Architect Shines in Churches.”  Tuscaloosa News.  31, 2010. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20100131/NEWS/100129499?p=1&tc=pg 

“Region Honors MLK’s Legacy.”  Crimson White.  20, Jan. 2010. http://www.cw.ua.edu/?p=136 

“UA Blends Programs into One Department.”  Tuscaloosa News.  30 Sep. 2009. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090930/NEWS/909299966

“Women Make a Statement with Their Name.”  Times Daily.  7 Jun. 2009, http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009906075011 


Works in Progress:

"Black Women Making and Writing History" in Volume 4: 1830-1850 of African American Literature in Transition, 1750-2015.  This book chapter explores the relationship between women's slave narratives and major historical events in the years 1830-1850.  It will be included in volume four of the seventeen volume series, African American Literatures in Transition, to be published by Cambridge University Press.  Series editor, Joycelyn K. Moody.

 

"Frances E. W. Harper's Iola Leroy and Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory" in The Nineteenth-Century American Novel, The Nineteenth-Century American Novel, a volume in the De Gruyter Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory.  Christine Gerhardt, editor.  Series editors Martin Middeke, Gabriele Rippl, and Hubert Zapf.

 

A Tale of New England Life or A Mother and Her Son, Sowing and Reaping: A Rediscovered, Serialized Novel by An Anonymous Author.  An edited critical edition of a recovered novel first published in serialized format in 1860.

 

Radical Prohibition: African Americans Writing Race and the Anti-Drink Movement (1860-1919). Literary history project examining temperance work and writings by African American activists.  Placing the anti-drink agenda in consonant with the discourses of anti-slavery, racial and gender equality, African American activists created a radical rhetoric of temperance that negotiated the politics of race with struggles for moral reform. I received the American Fellowship from the American Associate of University Women and a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research on this project.

 

Victory, Victory Shall Be Mine: Justice and Redemption and the Gospel Aesthetic in African American Culture. Interdisciplinary work that identifies a Gospel aesthetic as a parallel to the Blues aesthetic.  This aesthetic is evident in African American literature and music and operates as cultural critique by which African Americans interrogate and negotiate racial and social injustices.

Board Membership
President, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2016-2019.
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
National Society for the Gifted and Talented

Professional Development

2017   Governor’s Executive Development Program—Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

2017   ACE Advancing to the Chief Academic Office Program, American Council on Education,  Washington, DC.  

2016   McNair Innovation Forum and McNair Proposal Writing Workshop. Council for Opportunities in Education.  New Orleans, LA.

2014   Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute—American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

2014    Development for Deans and Academic Leaders, Council for Advancement and   Support of Education.  Los Angeles, CA

2014    Making the Case for Supporting Liberal Arts: A Workshop for Deans and Their  Development Officers, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.  Phoenix, AZ.

2013    HERS Institute Fellow—Bryn Mawr

2013    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Summer Institute on Quality  Enhancement and Accreditation.  Daytona Beach, FL.

2013       New Deans Seminar, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.  Indianapolis, IN.

2010        Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium—Academic Leadership Development Program (SECAC-ALDP) Fellow

2010        University of Alabama Leadership Academy Fellow


 

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