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Myisha Priest

Associate 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 2010 issue of American Quarterly. In the fall of 2017, she organized the conference Scenes at 20: Inspirations, Riffs, Reverberations, which was held at Columbia University in New York, New York. Priest has been the recipient of a 2009-2010 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship, a Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship, a 2015-2016 NYU Humanities Initiative Faculty Fellowship, and a 2018-2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Recent News

Myisha Priest was awarded a 2015-2016 NYU Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowship.

In 2016, Myisha Priest gave the talk, “How Michael Brown Became a Monster” at the English departments of Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Myisha Priest published her essay “Thinking About Women’s Histories” in the exhibition catalogue/zine for artist Melanie Crean’s exhibition Ellipses, which was exhibited from January 23 through March 6, 2016 at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut. Priest taught a week-long summer writing workshop at the Mattatuck Museum in July in connection with the exhibit.  

Myisha Priest