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Wimbley, Karin D., Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Wimbley, Karin D., Ph.D.




English, Harrison Hall, Room 314
Greencastle, IN


Associate Professor of English

Karin D. Wimbley’s teaching and research interests have two interrelated trajectories: one explores black cultural production, in both African American and Black Diaspora contexts, with particular attention paid to the ways we can understand black aesthetic traditions. The second trajectory investigates the politics of representation, and how we can understand American fine arts, literature, film, and visual culture canons as in dialogue with one another. Wimbley is specifically interested in the politics of representation as it connects with self-identification and representation, particularly across race, sexuality, gender, and class lines. Her courses are regularly cross-listed with Africana Studies, Film Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs.

In her current book project, Queering Anti-Blackness: Stereotypy, Representational Politics, and Black Cultural Production, Wimbley coins the term ‘stereotypy’ to describe the deployment of anti-black stereotypes in African American arts and letters to emphasize and critique the pervasive legacy of anti-blackness in the American cultural imagination. By queering and reorientating the anti-black stereotype, black artists and intellectuals employ stereotypy as a rhetorical, political, and aesthetic practice that short-circuits the claim that blackness is a wholly knowable, legible phenomenon or subject position.

In recognition of her teaching and mentoring, Wimbley was awarded Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity’s 2016 Face of Hope Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2017 Wimbley was a finalist for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Faculty Development Award, and recently served as the Interim Director for the Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion, 2018-19. Wimbley joined the DePauw faculty in Fall 2013. Prior to DePauw, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Knox College.

Wimbley received her BA in Theater from Hamilton College, and earned her MA in Humanities and her MA and PhD in English from University of Chicago.

Courses Taught
African American Literature
Literatures of the Black Diaspora
African American Cinema
1980s U.S. Media, Politics, and Culture
New York Auteurs: Martin Scorsese & Spike Lee
U.S. Women’s Utopian/ Dystopian Narratives
American Drama
U.S. Women’s Autobiography
(re)Imagining Black Masculinities
The Black Female Body Before Beyoncé
Gendered Nationalism in South African Literature & Film

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