Department of English

Marquita R. Smith, Ph.D.


Office:   Preakness Hall 338
Phone:   973-720-3056
Office Hours:   see link on menu

Department: English
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: African American literature and culture; hip hop studies; gender and sexuality; feminism; cultural studies

Journal Articles

“‘Or a Real, Real Bad Lesbian’: Nicki Minaj and the Acknowledgement of Queer Desire in Hip-Hop Culture.” Popular Music and Society 37.3 (2014): 360-370.

“A Leisure Space, Revisited: Resolving the ‘Problem’ of the Mixed Race Child in City of Spades.” Postcolonial Text 8.1 (2013).

“Afro Thunder!: Sexual Politics & Gender Inequity in the Liberation Struggles of the Black Militant Woman.” Michigan Feminist Studies 22 (2009): 62-77.

Book Chapters

BEYONCÉ: Hip Hop Feminism and the Embodiment of Black Femininity.” The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender, edited by Stan Hawkins, Routledge, 2017, pp. 229-241.

“‘The whole damn world is the same all over’...or is it?: The Relevance of Black Nationalism in Austin Clarke’s Toronto Trilogy.” Austin Clarke: Essays on His Works. Ed. Camille A. Isaacs. Toronto: Guernica, 2013.

Other Publications

“Of Kin and Kind.”The Puritan Magazine, 31 July 2017.

Review of New Media in Black Women’s Autobiography: Intrepid Embodiment and Narrative Innovation (2015), by Tracy Curtis. Contemporary Women’s Writing. 4 May 2017.