Hazel Carby

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Charles C & Dorathea S Dilley Prof African American Studies & American Studies

Hazel V. Carby, Ph.D., Birmingham University, England, 1984, is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, Professor of American Studies, and Director of the Initiative on Race Gender and globalization.

Her books include Reconstructing Womanhood (OUP, 1987), Race Men (Harvard, 1998), and Cultures in Babylon (Verso, 1999). Recent publications include: the introduction to the “Race” section of CCCS Working Papers in Cultural Studies:Volume 2 (London: Routledge 2007); “US/UK Special Relationship: The Culture of Torture in Abu Ghraib and Lynching Photographs,” NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art no. 20 (2007); “Postcolonial Translations,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 30/2 December 2006; “Becoming a Modern Racialized Subject: ‘detours through our pasts to produce ourselves anew,’” Cultural Studies 2008 and “Lost (and Found?) in Translation,” Small Axe 2009. Her current book in progress is Child of Empire. Hazel Carby is a dual citizen of the U.K. and the U.S.A.

Professor Carby teaches courses on issues of race, gender and sexuality through the culture and literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora; through transnational and postcolonial literature and theory; through representations of the black female body; and through the genres of science fiction.


Hazel Carby is named 2014 recipient of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies. The award is sponsored by the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association.

Hazel Carby, “Afrofuturism’s Others,” in conjunction with Ellen Gallagher exhibition, Tate Modern, London, June 15.                      http://afamstudies.yale.edu/news/hazel-carby-afrofuturisms-others-tate-m

Hazel Carby, presenter, at “Beyond the Text: Literary Archives in the 21st Century,” Sat., April 27, Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, 55 Wall St. http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/programs-events/events/beyond-text

Ph.D., Birmingham University, England, 1984