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B.A. English, McGill University, 2006
M.A. English, University of Florida, 2008
M.Phil. English, CUNY Graduate Center, 2013
Ph.D. English, CUNY Graduate Center, 2019
Velina Manolova received her PhD in English with a certificate in Africana Studies from The CUNY Graduate Center in 2019. Her essay, “Tragic ‘Complexity of Manhood’: Masculinity Formations and Performances in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room,” appears in Contemporary Masculinities in the UK and US: Between Bodies and Systems (Palgrave, 2017). Her book project, Love and Revolution: Queer Freedom, Tragedy, Belonging, and Decolonization, 1944-1970 explores the relationship between intersectionality and intersubjectivity in works by James Baldwin, Carson McCullers, Lorraine Hansberry, and Lillian Smith. Her writing also appears in the Poetry Project Newsletter. In addition to her appointment at NYU Gallatin, Manolova teaches humanities and writing courses for Architecture students at Pratt Institute. She has previously taught literature and writing courses at Baruch College, The City College of New York, and the University of Florida. Manolova has held fellowships at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Freie Universität Berlin and currently serves on the Board of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies. She is a recipient of the Bowery Poetry Club’s Audience Choice Award.
20th- and 21st-century American literary studies; African American studies; critical race, gender, and queer studies; (de)coloniality; theater and performance studies; poetry; art and architecture criticism; urban studies; transnational American studies; Eastern European and Balkan studies; psychoanalysis.