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Nazera Sadiq Wright

Research Interests:
Colonial Through Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
Women's Literature and Gender Studies
Black Girlhood Studies
African American Literature and Culture
Black Print Culture Studies
African African American and Caribbean Literature and Culture

Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 2010

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century African American Literature
  • African American Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Black Girlhood Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Archival Studies
Selected Publications:

Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century. University of Illinois Press. October 2016.


Early African American Women Writers and Their Libraries. In Progress.


Book Award

2018 Children's Literature Association Honor Book Award for Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century (2016)


Published Articles


“Post-Civil War Black Childhoods.” African American Literature: In Transition, 1750- 2015. Ed. Eric Gardner. Cambridge University Press. January 2021.


"Black Girl Interiority in Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love." The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research. Volume 50, Issue 4: 50th Anniversary Black Girlhood Issue. December 2020.


 "Ntozake Shange and a Literary Genealogy of Black Girlhood," CLA Journal Vol 62, No. 1. 96-110. March 2019. 


“Saving Me Softly: A Black Girl in Japan.” Lauryn Hill Reader. Eds. Bettina Love and Billye Sankofa Waters. New York, NY: Peter Lang. Forthcoming April 2018.


Nazera Sadiq Wright . "Black Girlhood in Early American Children’s Print Culture." 18. no. 2 (Spring 2018).


“’Our Hope is in the Rising Generation’: Locating African American Children’s Literature in the “Children’s Department” of the Colored American.” Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature before 1900.  Eds. Katharine Capshaw and Anna Mae Duane. University of Minnesota Press. (2017).


“Maria W. Stewart’s ‘The First Stage of Life’: Black Girlhood in the Repository of Religion and Literature, and of Science and Art (1858-1861). MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Special Issue on African American Print Culture (Fall 2015) 40 (3): 150-175 Eds. Joycelyn Moody and Howard Rambsy.  


“Black Girlhood and Representative Citizenship.” From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle Class Performance.eds. Vershawn Young and Bridget Harris-Tsemo. Wayne State University Press. 91-106. 2011. 


Forthcoming Articles


“Frances E. W. Harper and her Contemporaries.” Nineteenth Century American Literature: In Transition, 1820-1860.  Ed. Justine Murison. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2021.


National Fellowships 

National Endowment for the Humanties Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society Fall 2021

Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas, Bibliographical Sociaty of America, 2020

National Endowment for the Humumanities Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia Spring 2018

Andrew W. Mellon Program in African American History Postdoctoral Fellowship Fall 2017

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society 2013-2014

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Award 2013

Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship, Dartmouth College 

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship       

Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Fellowship, University of Notre Dame       


Archival Essays and Finding Aids

  • “Amelia Earhart’s Palm Print and Analysis of her Character Prepared by Nellie Simmons Meier, 28 June 1933” from Words and Deeds in American History, Library of Congress’s American Memory Project, 1997;
  • “Shaker Religious Greeting, Watercolor, January 1853” from Words and Deeds in American History, Library of Congress’s American Memory Project 1997;
  • Prepared and revised the register of the Theodore Roosevelt papers for the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, 1998;
  • Prepared and revised the register of the Nellie Simmons Meier papers for the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, 1998;
  • Prepared and revised the register of the Blackwell Family papers for the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, 1998.