African American literature, American culture
Tayana L. Hardin is an Associate Professor of African American Literature. Her teaching and interdisciplinary research take up some of the pressing questions in the fields of Black Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Performance Studies. Her current work is a meditation on the urgency of the archive in Black Studies research, past and present. More specifically, she reckons with the field’s archival imperative and asks how it subsequently shapes scholars' capacity to produce stories that revel in black love, black living, and black affection. Dr. Hardin's commitments to teaching, reflexive pedagogical practices, and intellectual community-building were recognized by the University of Denver when she was named the 2017 William T. Driscoll Master Educator. Prior to joining the DU faculty in 2013, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of African American and African Diasporic Literatures at Rutgers University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following journals: Dance Chronicle; The Black Scholar; Journal of Transatlantic Studies; Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture; and Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture.
- Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan, 2012
- MA, Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville, 2004
- BA, Liberal Studies, University of Louisville, 2000
Licensure / Accreditations
- NIA White Belt Instructor
- American Studies Association
- Modern Languages Association
My research reveals my preoccupation with books, bodies, and the bygone, and, by extension, with literature, performance, and the archive. My academic publications—which include peer-reviewed single-authored and multi-authored articles and first-person essays—bring the interpretive practices of literary studies into the purview of historical research, in order to explicate black bodies as dynamic sites of lived and discursive experience. This intellectual work hinges on unwieldy conceptions of time, temporality, and blackness.
Areas of Research
- William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award, DU