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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.

​Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century African American Literature; Discourse and Representations of Race, Gender and Class in American Culture; Women's Literature and Feminist Practice; African American Folklore and Cultural Productions; Narrative Discourse, Race and Gender in Pedagogical Practice.

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

"'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


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.


 

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

2013    Chancellor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Closing the Achievement Gap — University of Houston System

2013    HERS Institute Fellow - Bryn Mawr

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

2005    AAUW American Fellowship

2005    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

1995    C.I.C. Pre-doctoral Fellowship

1995    Phi Beta Kappa

1994    Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

 

 

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