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Michael Hall

Assistant Professor
(804) 827-8432
Hibbs 432


BA Southeastern Louisiana University
MPS Cornell University
PhD Emory University

Research/Teaching Focus

20th Century and Contemporary American and African American literature

Recent/Selected Publications

“Scenes of Black Masculinity and Wanderlust: Gendered Mobility and Film Diaspora in Emperor Jones.” Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film. Ed. Andrew McGregor and Emma Blackwood. Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishers, 2016.

Hall, Michael Ra-shon, rev. of Sarah Jane Cervenak’s Wandering: Philosophical Performances of Racial and Sexual Freedom (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Volume 6(1), Spring 2016.

“The Negro Traveller’s Guide to a Jim Crow South: Negotiating Racialized Landscapes During a Dark Period in US Cultural History, 1936–1967,” Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 17, Iss. 3 (2015), 307–319.

“Dramatizing the African American Experience of Travel in the Jim Crow South: The Negro Motorist Green Book in the African American Literary Imagination,” South Carolina Review, Vol. 46, No. 2 (2014), 80–94.

“The Prominence of the Railroad in the African American Imagination: Mobile Men, Gendered Mobility and the Poetry of Sterling A. Brown.” Travel and Imagination. Ed. Garth Lean, Russell Staiff and Emma Waterton. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Co., 2014, 89–102.

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Faculty photo by Patrick Scott Vickers – 2014

Upcoming Deadlines

Classes Begin
JANUARY 14, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
JANUARY 20, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline
JANUARY 25, 2019

Spring Break
MARCH 3-10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
MARCH 22, 2019

Last Day of Classes
MAY 3, 2019



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