Carlyn Ferrari, PhD

Carlyn Ferrari, PhD

PhD, African and African American Studies

Assistant Professor

Phone: 206-296-5420

Building/Room: Casey 510-18

Carlyn Ferrari CV (PDF)


I am a San Francisco Bay Area native, and I began my career in higher education working as an academic success counselor mentoring first-generation and underrepresented students. I received my Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I was awarded the Esther Terry Award for the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation in Afro-American Studies (2018). I also earned graduate certificates in Advanced Feminist Studies and African Diaspora Studies. My courses reflect my interdisciplinary training in the fields of history and gender and sexuality studies.

Research: I specialize in twentieth-century African American literature and culture with a particular interest in Black women’s literary studies. In my research, I explore the intersection between Black feminist thought and literary ecocriticism. My scholarship has been supported by William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia, the Joyce Avrech Berkman Endowed Fund for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, and the W. E. B. Du Bois Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am currently working on two book projects about poet and civil rights activist Anne Spencer.

Courses taught: Intro to Black Women’s Studies, Black Feminist Literature, The Afro-American Image in American Writing, Black Feminism and Environmentalism, Survey of African American Literature.

Dream course: Rhythm Nation to Formation: The Evolution of Black Feminism in Popular Culture.