Phone: (901) 678-3099
Office: Patterson 415
B.S., 1979, Political Science, US Air Force Academy
M.A., 1985, English, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 1995, English, Rutgers University
Dr. Mitchell teaches a broad range of African American literature courses. His principal
area of research has been women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. He is currently
working on two projects, one on Zora Neale Hurston, and a second on the actress and
social activist Rose McClendon.
- Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle, A Biography of the Harlem Renaissance. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012. Co-authored with Cynthia Davis.
- Western Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance: The Life and Writings of Anita Scott Coleman. Norman: U of Oklahoma Press, 2008. Co-edited with Cynthia Davis.
- Where the Wild Grape Grows: Selected Writings by Dorothy West, 1930-1950. Amherst: U of Massachusetts Press, 2005. Co-edited with Cynthia Davis.
- This Waiting for Love: Helene Johnson, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Amherst: U of Massachusetts Press. 2000.