Dr. Trimiko Melancon specializes in African American and American literary and cultural studies; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; Black feminist theories and criticism; African American studies and race, popular culture, media and cultural production. Award-winning author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation, she is also the co-editor of Black Female Sexualities with Joanne Braxton with a foreword by Melissa Harris-Perry. Her scholarly publications appear in African American Review, Callaloo, Reconstruction, The Black Scholar, and the Journal of Popular Culture. As a cultural critic, she has written widely, as a contributing writer, and has provided commentary in public venues: Huffington Post, Ms., Elle, Wired, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The North Star, and BBC World News, among others.
An inaugural fellow at the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics at Tulane University and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University, Professor Melancon has held numerous other distinguished positions nationally and internationally: as the J. William Fulbright Scholar of American Literature and American Studies (Berlin, Germany), Mellon Mays University Fellow, Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar, and a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellow. She has also received other prestigious awards, grants, and fellowships from the Andrew Mellon, Nellie Mae, Ford, and Ruth Landes/Reed Foundations, as well as the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright Commission to support her interdisciplinary teaching and research.
M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A., Xavier University of Louisiana