Yale Bulletin and Calendar

May 24, 2002Volume 30, Number 30Two-Week Issue

Hazel V. Carby

Hazel Carby is named the Dilley Professor

Hazel V. Carby, the newly named Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, is a noted scholar and author whose work has explored such issues as race, gender, cultural history and the African diaspora.

Carby is chair of the Department of African American Studies and is also a professor in the American studies department. Her books include "Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America," "Race Men" and "Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist." She edited "The Magazine Novels of Pauline Hopkins" and is coeditor, with Yale professor Paul Gilroy, of "The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in Seventies Britain."

Carby is also the author of numerous articles and reviews. Her most recent publication, "What is This Black in Irish Popular Culture?" appeared in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Her current research projects include "Britain in Black and White," a history of racial and sexual politics in the United Kingdom since World War II; a cultural history of radical black women from 1925 to 1975; and a critical analysis of the writing of Octavia Butler.

Carby, who was raised in England, earned her B.A. from Portsmouth Polytechnic and a P.G.C.E. from the Institute of Education at London University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Birmingham University. She began her career as a high school English teacher in the London borough of Newham. After earning her advanced degrees, she was a lecturer in English at Yale before joining the faculty at Wesleyan University, where she taught from 1982 until she joined the Yale faculty as a professor in 1989.

Carby was chair of the African American Studies Program when it was elevated to the status of an interdisciplinary department in 2000, and she has helped expand both the department's focus and recruited internationally acclaimed faculty members. The department examines the experiences of people of African descent in black Atlantic societies -- including the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America -- from several disciplinary perspectives.

At Yale, Carby also served as director of graduate studies in African American studies (1989-1990) and has been a member of numerous University committees.

Carby is a member of the editorial boards of the Yale Journal of Criticism, Callaloo and Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. She has lectured widely throughout the United States and in Europe.


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