Dr. Patrick Elliot Alexander is an Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in English from Duke University in 2012. A specialist in African American literature, 19th-century American literature, and critical prison studies, Dr. Alexander has published reviews in American Literature and Obsidian. In 2011, his article, “‘To live and remain outside of the barb[ed] wire and fence’: A Prison Classroom, African American Literature, and the Pedagogy of Freedom,” was published in Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy. Before joining the faculty at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Alexander served as primary instructor for Stepping Stones, an academic enrichment program he co-founded with the Orange County Literacy Council in 2007. Through Stepping Stones, Dr. Alexander designed and taught five college preparatory seminars in African American literature for current and prospective college students who are imprisoned at Orange Correctional Center (OCC) in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
- Ph.D., English, Duke University (2012)
- B.A., English/Creative Writing, summa cum laude, Miami University (2006)
Teaching and Research Interests
- African American literature
- 19th-century American literature
- Critical Prison Studies
- “‘To live and remain outside of the barb[ed] wire and fence’: A Prison Classroom, African American Literature, and the Pedagogy of Freedom.” Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 11.1 (2011): 87-108.
- “Review of Caleb Smith’s Prison and the American Imagination and Regina Kunzel’s Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality.” American Literature 83.3 (2011): 673-675.
- “Review of Jennifer Griffiths’s Traumatic Possessions: The Body and Memory in African American Women’s Writing and Performance.” Obsidian 11.2 (2010): 153-156.