Dr. Alicia Kent

Associate Professor

Campus Phone: (810) 762-3479



M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
B.A. (English and International Relations), Stanford University, 1990

Specializations/Areas of Interest

Multicultural Literatures

Publications/Current Research

I have just published my first book, African, Native, and Jewish American Literature and the Reshaping of Modernism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.  For more about my book, go to

“‘You can’t run away nowadays’: Redefining Modernity in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded.” Forthcoming in Studies in American Indian Literatures.

I have also published on Mourning Dove and on Native American feminism.

I am currently working on an article about teaching multicultural literatures online and am exploring my next book project, which will focus on American ethnic writers in an international context.

Courses I Teach

Survey of African American Literature
Modern Native American Literatures
Multicultural American Literatures (Intro and Topics)
Elements of Literary Analysis
Harlem Renaissance seminar
Major Novelists: Hurston and Wright