- Creative Writing: Fiction
- Television Studies: Youth Culture and Sitcoms
- 20th Century American Literature
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
Awards and Honors
- Winner, 2014 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction
- Honorable Mention, 2013 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction
Additional Campus Affiliations
Thompson Spires, N. D. (2018). Heads of the Colored People: Stories. 37 INK/Atria.
Thompson Spires, N. D. (2018). Suicide, watch. Dissent, 65(2), 73-79. https://doi.org/10.1353/dss.2018.0030
Thompson Spires, N. D. (2017). Belles-Lettres.
Thompson Spires, N. D. (2016). Fatima the Biloquist: A Transformation Story.
Thompson Spires, N. D. (2016). Heads of the Colored People: Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, and No Apology.