The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Maurice Wallace

Associate Director & Professor (AAS/English)

Specialties:
African American Literature, 19th Century American Literature, Gender Studies, Visual Culture

102 Minor Hall

Maurice Wallace is associate professor of English and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American & African Studies. His primary fields of expertise include African American literature and cultural studies, nineteenth-century American literature, the history and representation of American slavery, and gender studies.  The author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, a book on the history of black manhood in African American letters, and co-editor of a collection of scholarly articles on early photography and African American identity entitled Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African-American Identity, Wallace has served on the editorial boards for American Literature and Yale Journal of Criticism and is a contributing editor to James Baldwin Review. He is the current associate director of Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American & African Studies.

His current research and writing agendas include a monograph on early photography in the making of African American identity on the heels of the US Civil War, and a critical exploration into the sound of Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice.  Professor Wallace also teaches in areas of visual culture and sound studies.