Don Holmes is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) in English in May of 2014. While at Chapel Hill, Don's research focuses on early African American writers, especially authors from 1740 to 1865. Don explores black masculinity, sexuality, and gender-normativity during this early writing period. Upon reading the works of Lunsford Lane and William Wells Brown, Don became exceedingly interested in how humor works within African American slave narratives and other black writings (fiction and poetry) that center on bondage or passing.
Originally from Progress-Osyka, Mississippi, Don currently teaches English 105 (Rhetoric and Composition). Don served in the United States Army Mississippi National Guard from 2006-2012. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11 and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service. Don plans to matriculate from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020 and enter the academy as a tenured track professor or a post-doctoral fellow.
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, English, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014.