Raymond E. Janifer, Sr.

Professor of English and Ethnic Studies

Office: Dauphin Humanites 103
Phone: 477.1493
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BA English, Millersville University; MA, English Language and Literature, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, from the University of Chicago; M.F.A. in Professional Writing, with emphases in Journalism and Cinema, from the University of Southern California; Ph.D. in English specializing in Rhetoric and Composition from the Ohio State University.

Research/Teaching Interests:
African-American literature, Criticial theory; Afrocentrism, Postmodernism, African-American folklore, and Black Nationalism as critical methodology.

Selected Publications:
He has been writing journalistic articles about the African-American experience for over 27 years, and recently published two short stories, "Howdy Doody and the Kung Fu Man" and "The Convent," several journalistic articles, and a scholarly article, "Ebonics, Education, and Popular Culture." His response to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Colloquy question, "Should Professors be Held Responsible for Statements That Inflame Racial Tensions on Their Campuses," was voted one of the Best of 1997. He delivers papers regularly at regional, statewide, national, and international conferences including The American Literature Association's Annual Conference, The English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, The Committee on Institutional Cooperation of the Big 10 Universities Fellows Conference, and Writers of African Descent Speaks International Conference.

Current Happenings 

February 18, 2016:  Dr. Santalucia will be reading poetry from her dynamic debut Because I Did Not Die at the Grove Spiritual Center, 6:30 p.m.   

All events are free and open to the public!