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Glenda R. Carpio

Professor of English and of African and African American Studies

617-495-7868

Glenda R. Carpio is Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. Her book, Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently working on a book on immigration, expatriation, and exile in American literature. Professor Carpio recently co-edited African American Literary Studies: New Texts, new Approaches, New Challenges (2011) with Professor Werner Sollors.

Professor Carpio started her teaching career in Compton, California where she taught 8th grade English and 4th grade through the Teach for America program. She recently received Harvard University’s Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching.

Professor Carpio received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. was earned at Vassar College.

Dissertation Committees

“No Place Like Home: A Cultural History of Gay Domesticity, 1948-1982” (Stephen Vider)

“The Reusable Past: Abolitionist Aesthetics in the Protest Literature of the Long Civil Rights Movement” (Zoe Trodd)

Selected Publications

  • Carpio - Laughing Fit to Kill

    Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2008), by Glenda Carpio