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Scott Heath

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Modern African American Literature and Culture



Dr. Scott Heath specializes in 20th- and 21st-century African American literature, black popular culture, and speculative race theory.  He is the author of Head Theory: Hip_Hop Discourse and Black-Based Culture, under contract with Oxford University Press.  His work has appeared in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters and in African American ReviewHe guest edited Callaloo’s widely acclaimed special issue on hip_hop music and culture.  He is currently developing a second monograph, Automatic Black: Technologies of Racial Futurism, and an edited volume, Versus: Hyperlinking Black Writing and Sound.  He interrogates the ways in which shifting representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality inform contemporary constructions of blackness and Americanness.  Around these ideas Professor Heath has designed a deep repertoire of graduate seminars and undergraduate courses, including ‘Reconstructing the Harlem Renaissance,’ ‘Rethinking Black Nationalism,’ ‘James Baldwin Unplugged,’ ‘Octavia Butler Now: Reading Race, Gender, and Critical Futures,’ and ‘Kanye Versus Everybody: Black Poetry and Poetics from Hughes to Hip_Hop.’