Jarvis C. McInnis

Mcinnis Profile

Assistant Professor of English

: African-American and African Diaspora literature and culture; New Southern Studies; Caribbean Studies; Hemispheric Studies; the global South; transnationalism; sound studies; visual culture studies; performance studies

Degrees: BA, Tougaloo College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University

Jarvis C. McInnis is an interdisciplinary scholar of African American & African Diaspora literature and culture, with primary research interests in the US South and the Caribbean. Most recently, he completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Jarvis is currently at work on his first book project, tentatively titled, “The Afterlives of the Plantation: Aesthetics, Labor, and Diaspora in the Global Black South,” which aims to reorient the geographic contours of black transnationalism and diaspora by exploring the hemispheric linkages between Southern African American and Caribbean intellectuals, literature and culture in the early twentieth century. Jarvis’s research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, the Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, and the Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement. His work appears or is forthcoming in journals and venues such as Callaloo, MELUS, Mississippi Quarterly, and Global South. He also serves as an assistant to the editor for Callaloo and a consultant for the W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Institute, housed at Princeton.



  • “The Afterlives of the Plantation: Aesthetics, Labor, and Diaspora in the Global Black South.” (Forthcoming book manuscript)
  • “A Plantation Reading Public: Literacy, Labor, and Diaspora in the Hemispheric South.” (Forthcoming)
  • “‘Behold the Land’”: W. E. B. Du Bois, Black South Modernity, and the Afterlife of the Plantation.” The Global South (Forthcoming: August 2017)
  • “That ‘the Land Would One Day Be Free’: Reconciling Race and Region in African American and Southern Studies.” Mississippi Quarterly. (Forthcoming Fall 2016)
  • “‘Writing around the Edges’: A Praise Song for Wanda Coleman.” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters 37.2 (2014): 190-193. Print.

Contact Information
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(574) 631-1152

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556