Bonnie TuSmith


Associate Professor, Ph.D. Washington State University

Research areas and interests

Ethnic American literature (African-American, Asian-American, Native American, Latino/a), comparative American studies, women’s studies, critical race theory, multicultural literary theory and pedagogy

Selected Publications

All My Relatives: Community in Contemporary Ethnic American Literatures; Colorizing Literary Theory (Modern Language Studies 26.4, 1996; Conversations with John Edgar Wideman (UP of Mississippi, 1998)

American Family Album: 28 Contemporary Ethnic Stories (Heinle Thomson, 2000/2004)

Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics (Rutgers UP, 2002)

Pedagogy, Praxis, Politics, and Multiethnic Literatures (MELUS 30.2, guest co-editor)

Critical Essays on John Edgar Wideman (U of Tennessee P, 2006)

Articles on multicultural pedagogy, ethnic literature, and American culture

Current book project with working title, “Beyond Binaries: Color Symbolism in Literature and Culture”

Recent Awards

Myers Outstanding Book Award; Critics’ Choice Award from American Educational Studies Association (both awards for Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics)

Professional Service:

Past-president of MELUS (society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States)