On Sabbatical from the Department of African American Studies for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
Kinohi Nishikawa specializes in African American literature and modern print culture. He earned his A.B. in English summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. From 2010-2012 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. His work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
His first book is a study of black pulp fiction’s uncanny origins in girlie magazines and sleaze paperbacks of the 1960s. His major work in progress considers the important yet overlooked role book design (e.g., typography, paper quality, cover art) has played in shaping modern African American literature. His essays and articles elaborate on these long-term interests with specific case studies of black book and periodical history.
Recent publications includes a chapter on Donald Goines’s graphic novel Daddy Cool in the edited comics collection The Blacker the Ink (Rutgers, 2015), an essay on the politics of reading urban fiction in PMLA (2015), and an article on Black Arts Movement editor Hoyt W. Fuller in Chicago Review (2016). His “The Archive on Its Own: Black Politics, Independent Publishing, and The Negotiations” won the 2015 Katherine Newman Best Essay Award from MELUS.
Forthcoming publications include essays on action-adventure novelist Joseph Nazel, Paris expatriate Melvin Van Peebles, and urban fiction author and Trenton, New Jersey, native Wahida Clark.