Doreatha Mbalia

Professor Emeritus
 Mitchell Hall 214B


PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana

Research Interests

Pan-Africanism, African Women Studies, and African People Compared: Africa and the Diaspora. Biography of Kwame Nkrumah; John Edgar Wideman, Toni Morrison, developmental writing texts.

Teaching Interests

The foundations of Afro-American literary thought and criticism. The individual and society in African-American, African and Caribbean literature. The formation, content and social utility of symbolism mythology, folklore, aesthetics and the uses of language in the Afroworld. Women’s literature.

Selected Publications

Mbalia, D. D. Slavocracy and the African Female in Toni Morrison’s BELOVED and A MERCY.
Mbalia, D. D. (2004). Toni Morrison’s Developing Class Consciousness. Cranbury, New Jersey: Susquehanna University Press.
Jarrett, J. M., Mbalia, D. D., & Lee, M. G. (2002). Heritage: African American Readings for Writing. Prentice Hall.
Jarrett, J. M., Lee, M. G., & Mbalia, D. D. (1999). Pathways: A Text for Developing Writers.
Mbalia, D. D., & Mbalia, A. F. (1997). Preface for Pan-Africanism and Its Detractors: A Response to Harvard’s Race-Effacing Universalists.