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EIU Department of English


Jamila D. Smith, Assistant Professor of English

Office: 3775 - Coleman Hall
Office Hours: TR 10:00am-1:00pm

Research Interests: Black feminisms, Intersectionality in Oral and Written Narratives, Culturally Relevant Youth Literature, African American Children's and Young Adult Literature,  Ethnography, and Portraiture


B.A. Xavier University of Louisiana (English)
M.F.A. Chatham University (Creative Writing/Children's and Adolescent Literature)
Ph.D. The Ohio State University (Education/Adolescent, Post-Secondary, & Community Literacies)


Black feminisms; Writing Children's and YA Literature, Culturally Relevant Youth Literature; Intersectionality in Oral and Written Narrative; African American youth and young adult literature; Adolescent, African American female, and Community Literacies; Ethnography and Arts-based research.

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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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