Carla Kaplan

Carla Kaplan

Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature
education Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Mailing address 401 HO
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Carla Kaplan, a professor of English and women’s studies, holds the Davis Distinguished Professorship in American Literature and writes on modern, African-American, and women’s history and culture. She has published five books, including the award-winning Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (Doubleday/Anchor) and writes occasionally for such publications as The Los Angeles Times and The Nation. Forthcoming books include Miss Anne in Harlem: the White Women of the Black Renaissance and Queen of the Muckrakers: the Life of Jessica Mitford, both with HarperCollins. Kaplan founded the Northeastern Humanities Center and has been a resident fellow at numerous humanities centers and institutes, including the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York City Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Kaplan has received teaching awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and elsewhere.

Selected Publications


Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins, 2013). In support of this project, Professor Kaplan was awarded a New York Public Library Cullman Center fellowship (2006-2007), a Guggenheim fellowship (2007-2008), and a W. E. B. DuBois Institute Research Fellowship (2007-2008).

Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (2002), listed as a “Best of 2002” book by the New York Times Book Review

The Erotics of Talk: Women’s Writing and Feminist Paradigms (1996).

Selected Books, Editor

Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States originally collected by Zora Neale Hurston (2001)

Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen’s novel Passing (forthcoming).

Upcoming Books

Two additional books, a Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and a biography of Jessica Mitford, are currently under contract.