Nicole Stamant’s (she/her) work takes as its primary focus historically marginalized populations and historically marginalized forms of literature: Life Writing Studies, ethnic American literatures, and the literatures of gender and sexual minorities. Most recently she is the author of Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging (Routledge 2022), which looks at a number of contemporary memoirs by African Americans–including Natasha Tretheway, Emily Raboteau, Toi Derricotte, Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, Rebecca Walker, Adrian Piper, James McBride, Danzy Senna, and Barack Obama–about their experiences being light-skinned and/or biracial. Using the lenses of hospitality and hauntology, this project also incorporates biographical and autobiographical sketches of Stamant’s own family and ancestral history and considers the implications of genetic identity and citizenship on life writing.

Other publications include Serial Memoir: Archiving American Lives (Palgrave 2014) and chapters in the collections Consumption and the Literary Cookbook (Routledge, 2020), American Literature in Transition: 1970-1980 (2018) and The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders, and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature (2018). Her articles on gender, race, ethnicity, trauma, foodways, and graphic narrative have appeared in a/b: Auto/Biography, MELUS, South Central Review, ARIEL, English Language Notes, and Studies in Comics, among others.

A member of the English Department at Agnes Scott since 2011, she served as Chair of the department from 2018-2019 and 2020-2022, and the SUMMIT Faculty Coordinator for Digital in the Curriculum from 2019-2021. She received Agnes Scott’s Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 and lives in Decatur with her husband and two children.

ASC English Department faculty and graduates, commencement 2018.


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