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Myisha Priest

Myisha Priest

Assistant Professor
B.A. English & African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
M.A. African American Studies, Cornell University, 1995
Ph.D. English, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Myisha Priest's teaching and research focus on African American literature and material culture. She has published articles mining this fruitful intersection in The Crisis , Meridians , and Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination . She is currently completing a book manuscript, "The Children's Miracle": The Impact of Children's Literature on African-American Writing", an interdisciplinary project that considers how figures of children and children's literature impact African American writing. Her most recent publication, "The Nightmare is Not Cured," appeared in the spring volume (March 2010) of American Quarterly . Professor Priest was a recipient of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship (2009-2010) and most recently, the Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship.


Professor Myisha Priest was awarded a 2015-2016 NYU Humanities Initiative Faculty Fellowship.

Professor Priest organized the September 2013 Albert Gallatin Lecture, featuring Tarik Trotter (Black Thought) of the band The Roots. In November 2013, she organized the panel “Wild NYC,” which brought authors, urban naturalists, wildlife rehabilitators, environmental educators—as well as a few and wild animals—to Gallatin. She participated, along with 21 other Gallatin faculty members, in the First Gallatin Global Symposium, held at the NYU Berlin center on May 3–4, 2013, organized by George Shulman. 


Contact Information

Myisha Priest

Assistant Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 402
(212) 998-7321
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2014 Summer

Black in the City of Light, Paris

2014 Spring

Women’s Text(iles)
Thu 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

The Politics of Food
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

Race and Religion in African American Culture
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Domesticating the Wild in Children's Literature
Thu 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

African American literature and culture; African American history; American literature; multicultural women's literature and culture; children's literature

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