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Meina Yates-Richard

Meina Yates-Richard

Assistant Professor,

408 Hall of Languages


Meina Yates-Richard specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century African American, African diasporic, and American literature and culture. Her research also encompasses late nineteenth century literature as well. Meina’s approach draws from literary trauma studies, sound studies, histories of transatlantic slavery, critical race and gender studies, and affect studies to theorize about how acoustic resonances from slavery’s past have shaped, and continue to influence the literary and cultural production of the African diaspora, as well as how these sounds mediate social relations. Meina has presented her work at MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States), ALA (American Literature Association), ICI (Issues in Critical Investigation), and CLA (College Language Association) conferences. Her essay “‘WHAT IS YOUR MOTHER’S NAME?’: Maternal Disavowal and the Reverberating Aesthetic of Black Women’s Pain in Black Nationalist Literature” appears in the September 2016 issue of American Literature. Meina recently authored an essay for the forthcoming edited volume Afterlife in the African Diaspora, and is completing an article for a collection of original scholarly essays of African American print culture from 1910-1920 for the new Cambridge University Press Series African American Literature in Transition. Meina has taught courses on Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies, global literatures in English, and on the varied roles race, place, class, and aesthetic norms play in creating diverse communities.

Meina earned her Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Rice University. She holds an M.A. in English from Rice University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Houston.

Areas of Supervision

African American and African diasporic literature and culture, American literature, race studies, ethnic and minority studies, women’s and gender studies, sound studies and trauma studies.

Research and Teaching Interests

African American and African Diaspora Literatures, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sound Studies/Music Studies, Affect Studies, Trauma Studies, Cultural Studies/Popular Culture.