Autumn M. Womack

Assistant Professor
Department of African American Studies & Department of English
110C Morrison Hall

Autumn Womack earned a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MA from The University of Maryland, College Park. Womack’s research is located at the intersection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literary culture, visual studies, and print culture. She is currently at work on two book projects. The first,  "Un-discipling Data: Race, Visuality, and the Making of African American Literary Aesthetics, 1880-1930" charts the relationship between emergent visual technologies – such as photography, motion pictures, and social surveys — and black literary and intellectual culture.  “The Reprint Revolution,” her second book project, considers the circulation politics and practices that brought many nineteenth-century African American literary texts into the marketplace in the 1960s. At Princeton, she teaches classes on 19th and 20th century African American literature and the history of race and media. In keeping with her investment in archival research, her course “Toni Morrison and the Ethics of Reading” makes extensive use of the University’s collections. Womack has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University’s Department of English and a faculty fellowship at Penn State’s Center for the History of Information. 

 Professor Womack’s work has been published in Black Camera: An International Film JournalAmerican Literary HistoryWomen and PerformanceJ19: A Journal of 19th Century Americanists, and The Paris Review of Books. An essay on the cultural history of Arno Press and the utility of the black past is forthcoming in American Literary History, while new essays on Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, and the pre-history of data visualization will appear in edited volumes. She serves on the editorial board of The Langston Hughes Review and Aster(ix) Journal.