Nafissa D Thompson Spires

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. 

Education

  • 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

Assistant Professor, English

Recent Publications

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.

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