Janaka Lewis

Janaka Lewis

Interim Chair


Ph. D. Northwestern University 
M.A. Northwestern University  
B.A. Duke University

Areas of Interest

  • American Literature
  • African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies in Literature 
  • Creative Nonfiction 
  • Diasporic and Future Representations in Writing
  • Digital Archives and Data in Humanities 


Light and Legacies: Black Girlhood and Stories of Liberation (2023)
Freedom Narratives of African American Women (2017)

Selected Grants

Ruth G. Shaw Humanities Fellowship, National Humanities Center Summer Residency, UNC Charlotte
Bonnie Cone Early Career Fellowship in Teaching

Courses Taught

ENGL 4072/5072 American Literature and Film
ENGL 2301 Introduction to African American Literature

Professional Appointments

UNC Charlotte since 2009