Derrick R. Spires

 Derrick Spires

Contact Information

308 English Building
Associate Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Early African American Print Culture
  • Representations of Race and Citizenship
  • Early American Literature and Political Culture
  • Richard Wright
  • Speculative/Science Fiction

Education

  • PhD., English, Vanderbilt University (2012)
  • M.A., English, Vanderbilt University (2005)
  • B.A., English, Tougaloo College (2004)

Distinctions / Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Teachers of English, 2016-2017.
  • Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2017.
  • Mellon Caltech-Huntington Postdoctoral Instructor, California Institute of Technology, 2013-2014

Selected Publications

Books

Spires, Derrick R The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press 2019.

Book Contributions

Spires, Derrick R “‘I read my Mission as ‘twere a book’: Temporality and Form in the Early African American Serial Sketch Tradition” A Question of Time: From Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction edited by Cindy Weinstein. “‘I read my Mission as ‘twere a book’: Temporality and Form in the Early African American Serial Sketch Tradition” Edited by Cindy Weinstein, New York Cambridge University Press 2018.
Spires, Derrick R “Imagining a Nation of Fellow Citizens: Early African American Politics of Publicity” Early African American Print Culture in Theory and Practice edited by Lara Cohen, edited by Jordan Stein. “Imagining a Nation of Fellow Citizens: Early African American Politics of Publicity” Edited by Lara Cohen, Edited by Jordan Stein, Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press 2012.

Website Articles

Graves, Harrison, Jake Alspaugh, P. Gabrielle Foreman, and Sarah Patterson “Henry Highland Garnet's ‘Address To The Slaves’” Colored Conventions: Bringing Nineteenth Century Black Organizing to Digital Life 2017.

Edited Books

Baker Jr., Houston A, and Derrick R. Spires Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. A Penguin Enriched eBook New York Penguin 2009.