Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997
Catherine John's research and teaching is focused on the connections between the Afro-Caribbean and African-American literary and cultural traditions. Her current book-in-progress is entitled The Just Society and the Diasporic Imagination. She has recently published an essay, “Black Film Comedy as Vital Edge: A Re-Assessment of the Genre” in A Companion to Film Comedy (2012), as well as "Caribbean Organic Intellectual: The Life and Legacy of Erna Brodber's Work" in Small Axe (2012). She regularly teaches an "Introduction to African-American Literature," as well as a popular culture course entitled, "Hip Hop as Poetry, Literature, and Cultural Expression." She also teaches graduate seminars as well as other upper- and lower-division courses that address African Diaspora literature and culture. She is affiliated with both the African and African-American Studies and the Film and Media Studies programs here at the University of Oklahoma.
Office: Cate 2, Room 326
Research and Teaching Interests:
Afro-Caribbean literature and culture; African-American literature and culture
Clear Word and Third Sight: Folk Groundings and Diasporic Consciousness in African-Caribbean Writing
(Duke University Press, 2003 and The University Press of the West Indies, 2004)