Isaih Dale

Isaih Dale


B.A. San Francisco State University, M.A. University of Wyoming 

Areas of Interest:
20th Century African American Literature, Black Masculinity, Black and White Literary Racial Spaces, and Modernism 

Isaih Dale is a PhD student and a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. His research lies between studying black masculinity and racialized spaces in Early to Mid-20th Century black texts. He is interested in studying Du Bois's bourgeois theory of "double consciousness" in relation to all classes of African Americans and finding where black solidarity lies. Isaih also studies how, where, and why violence happens in black texts. He argues that black writers use violence to deconstruct white masculinity as part of a process of identity-formation that reacts to and itself constructs whiteness.  Lastly, Isaih examines black textiles during American slavery particularly as it relates to the first formation of black slave identities. 

Recent Scholarly Activity


"The Essence of the Black Man: An Exploration of Black Masculinity through Double Consciousness in Native Son." In Reimagining Black Masculinities and Public Space: Essays on Race, Gender, and Social Activism. Editors: Dr. Mika'il Petin and Dr. Mark C. Hopson. (Lexington Press), November 2020.

Select Conference Presentations

“White Space, Black Bodies: The Creation of Black Violence in Native Son,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL), Atlanta, Georgia. February 2022.

“Black Heterosexual Men and the Black Literary Stage: Finding Black Masculinity in Erving Goffman’s Study of Sociology,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Atlanta, Georgia. November 2021.

“The Black Male Utopic in Imperium in Imperio,” Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. November 2021.

"Master's Program as Uncommonplace: Navigating Differences of Race." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Milwaukee, Wisconsin,. March 2020.

"A Fragmented Neurotic Being: Biracial Bodies in Nella Larsen's Passing," Midwest American Culture Conference (MPCA/ACA), Cincinnati, Ohio. October 2019. 

"The Immobility of Time and Liminal Memory in Marcel Proust's Swann's Way," College English Association Conference (CEA), New Orleans, Louisiana. March 2019