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Myisha Priest

Associate Professor
(212) 998-7321
1 Wash Pl, Room 402

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Office Hours
Monday Sabbatical
Tuesday Sabbatical
Wednesday Sabbatical
Thursday Sabbatical
Friday Sabbatical

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 2010 issue of American Quarterly. Professor Priest has been the recipient of a 2009-2010 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship, a Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship, and a 2015-2016 NYU Humanities Initiative Faculty Fellowship.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Myisha Priest


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


2016 Fall

Imagining Justice

Domesticating the Wild in Children's Literature

2015 Spring

The Politics of Food

Women’s Text(iles)

2014 Fall

Domesticating the Wild in Children's Literature