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Ainsworth A. Clarke

Associate Professor

English and African American Studies


Building & Room:

1205 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4789




Ainsworth Clarke is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and English, and teaches courses on African American literary modernism, nineteenth and twentieth century African American intellectual history, race and the production of disciplinary knowledge, and contemporary theories of cosmopolitanism. He is currently completing, Thinking the Negro: W.E.B. Du Bois Fugitive Writing and the Challenge of Disciplinarity, a study of how the early sociological work of W.E.B. Du Bois inaugurates the problematic of disciplinary knowledge at the center of current debates in African American literary and cultural studies.

Research Areas

Black Studies | Critical Theory