Jennifer Larson


Greenlaw 315

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies

Teaching Associate Professor

My teaching and research interests include African-American literature (especially African American drama), Film Studies (especially race in contemporary cinema), American literature, and Composition (espeically writing in/about law).

My most recent book, Understanding Walter Mosley (University of South Carolina Press), offers a critical overview of Mosely's work across genres.  My next book project is Understanding Nicky Finney.

Recent publications:

  • Understanding Walter Mosley. University of South Carolina Press, 2016.

  • “How a Mama on the Couch Becomes a Man with Watermelon: George C. Wolfe, Suzan-Lori Parks, and the Drama of ‘Colored Contradictions.’” Post-Soul Satire: An Interdisciplinary Critical Overview. Derek Maus and Jim Donahue, editors. University Press of Mississippi, 2014.

  • “Madea’s Middle Class: Sentimental Spaces in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion and Why Did I get Married?” With co-author Ashley Reed. The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film, and Television. Jennifer Williamson, Jennifer Larson, and Ashley Reed, editors. McFarland, 2014.

  • Understanding Suzan-Lori Parks. University of South Carolina Press, 2012.

  • “365 Days/365 Plays: A (W)hole New Approach to Theatre.” Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on Race, Gender, and Mythology. Philip Kolin, editor.  McFarland, 2010.

  • “Renovating Domesticity in Ruth Hall, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Our Nig.” Women’s Studies 39 (2009): 1-21.

Teaching Awards

Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014

Joseph M. Flora Award, 2012 & 2017


PhD. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

M.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

A.B. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Research Groups and Interests

Group XI - African American Literature