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The Department of English

Tracy Butts

Interim Dean of HFA; African American, American, and Multicultural Literature.

I earned my BA and MA from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. I teach courses in American, African American, and American Multicultural literature. My research interests include black women writers and Hip Hop. I especially like establishing connections between issues and ideas in 18th and 19th century works of African American literature and Hip Hop. I recently taught a women writers class that set Beyonce's Lemonade in conversation with black women writers (Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Gloria Naylor).

Portrait of Tracy Butts