Nafissa D Thompson-Spires

 Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Contact Information

African-American Studies 302
Visiting Assistant Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Television Studies: Youth Culture and Sitcoms
  • 20th Century American Literature

Research Description

In my fiction, I consider what it means to be a (black)subject in an era of alleged postracialism, particularly when gender,technology, and disability intersect with racial identity.

In my research, I examine how television series--especially youth series--circulate internationally and come to define cultural aesthetics, approaches to multiculturalism, and models of didacticism. 


  • PhD in English--Vanderbilt University
  • MFA in Creative Writing--University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Distinctions / Awards

  • Winner, 2014 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction
  • Honorable Mention, 2013 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction

Selected Publications


Heads of the Colored People (forthcoming) New York Atria/ 37 Ink 2018.

Short Stories

Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal Belles-Lettres 2017, p. 75-88.
Lunch Ticket Fatima the Biloquist: A Transformation Story 2016.
Story Quarterly Heads of the Colored People: Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, and No Apology 2016.
East Bay Review Whisper to a Scream 2015.
Compose The Body's Defenses Against Itself 2015.
Blinders Literary Journal This Todd 2015.
The Feminist Wire Food-Related Flashes 2011.

Journal Articles

Tolerated, But Not Preferred: Troubling The Unconscious Of Televisual Multiculturalism American Review of Canadian Studies 41 3 2011, p. 293-307.

Website Articles

Degrassi’s Always Greener on the Other Side: Canadian Television, U.S. Handling. FLOWTV 2009.
As Canadian as… Possible under the Circumstances: Canadian Youth Television in the United States FLOWTV 2009.