Christel N. Temple

  • Associate Professor of Africana Studies


4160 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Curriculum Vitae



  • BA, History, The College of William and Mary
  • MA, African American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • PhD, African American Studies, Temple University

Public Service (National/International) 

  • Specialist Reader for MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
  • Editorial Board member for Africalogical Perspectives
  • Executive Council member for DISA (Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement) which produces the annual Cheikh Anta Diop Conference in Philadelphia, PA
  • Book Review Editor for Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research
  • Executive Committee member for the annual Black Religion and Spirituality Conference of the Department of African and African American Studies, Michigan State University

Professional Affiliations

  • College Language Association (CLA)
  • National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
  • Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA)
  • Member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of Black Studies

Recent Publications


  • Black Cultural Mythology (SUNY Press, in production for late 2019 release)
  • Transcendence and the Africana Literary Enterprise (New York: Lexington Books, 2017).
  • Literary Spaces:  Introduction to Comparative Black Literature (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2007).
  • Literary Pan-Africanism: History, Contexts, and Criticism (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2005)


  • “Practicing Autoethnography:  Transnational Afro-German Heritage.” Locating African European Studies:  Interventions—Intersections—Coalitions. Edited by. Felipe Espinoza Garrido, Caroline Kögler, Deborah  Nyangulu, and Mark U. Stein. New York:  Routledge [Studies on African and Black Diaspora], 2018. (forthcoming).
  • “Africana Literature as Social Science:  Applying the Demographic Literary Standard (DLS) to Works of August Wilson and Suzan-Lori Parks,” Africana Studies 7 (2016): 1-30.
  • “Islam in the Africana Literary Tradition.” Africana Islamic Studies. Edited by James L. Conyers, Jr. and Abul Pitra. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2016.  117-129.
  • “Charles Hamilton Houston and Post-New Negro Movement Authority: The Socio-Literary History of a Legal Warrior.” Charles Hamilton Houston: An Interdisciplinary Study of Civil Rights Leadership. Edited  by James L. Conyers, Jr. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.  171-193.
  • “Ancient Kemet in African American Literature and Criticism, 1853 to the Present,”Journal of Pan African Studies 5.4 (June 2012): 129-148.
  • “The Cosmology of Afrocentric Womanism,” The Western Journal of Black Studies 36.1 (Spring 2012):  23-32.
  • “The Emergence of Sankofa Practice in the United States:  A Modern History,” Journal of Black Studies 41.1 (September 2010): 127-150.
  • “Communicating Race and Culture in the 21st Century:  Discourse and the Post-Racial/Post-Cultural Challenge” invited essay for Journal of Multicultural Discourses 5.1 (March 2010):  45-63.

Research Interests

  • African World Literature
  • Afrocentric Cultural and Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Black Cultural Mythology
  • Intersections of History and Literature
  • Theatre of African Americans and the Diaspora