Faculty Biography

Esther Jones

Esther Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7141
Email: esjones@clarku.edu


B.A. Fisk University, 1998
M.A. The Ohio State University, 2001
Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2006

Current Research and Teaching

Professor Jones specializes in the study of black women writers in the Americas, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, and nationality and theorizations of difference. She has a particular interest in speculative literatures and science fiction by feminists and writers of color, and how such texts attempt to theorize and/or critique how difference operates within contemporary culture. Her current book project, Traveling Discourses: Subjectivity, Space, and Spirituality in Black Women's Speculative Fictions proposes a theory and method for reading experimental, or "problematic texts" generally and black speculative fiction, specifically, as a discourse that operates within the liminal spaces between genres, or within the "slipstream". Professor Jones' research and teaching interests also include historical fiction and autobiographical/life writing. Professor Jones teaches both general and special topics courses in African American literature, theory, and culture.