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Mali Collins Asst Professor CAS - CRGC

BA: Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, GWSS minor; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
MA: Culture and Theory, PhD Program, University of California, Irvine
PhD: English, NEH NextGen PhD Fellow in the African American Public Humanities Initiative, University of Delaware

Mali Collins’ research areas include Black motherhood studies, Black archival studies, 20th and 21st century literature and art, medical humanities, digital technology, and reproductive health and justice. She is a practicing birth, postpartum, and pregnancy termination doula, and a trained Perinatal and Infant Loss advocate with The Womb Room in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining the CRGC, she was an Assistant Professor of African American Literature in the English department at Howard University. Dr. Collins was also an NEH NextGeneration PhD Fellow with the African American Public Humanities Initiative at the University of Delaware. She has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships from Imagining America Institute, the National Endowment of Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Her dissertation project won the Ida B. Wells Award from the Coordinating Council on Women and History and its third chapter won the Women of Color Caucus Graduate Essay Award from the National Women’s Studies Association. She was most recently a Errin J. Vuley Fellow with the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Collins is currently preparing her book manuscript, Scrap Theory: Reproductive Injustice in the Black Feminist Imagination (under contract, OSU Press 2024) which creates new methodologies to investigate contemporary formations of Black maternal dispossession within the confines of radical documentation and archiving. Dr. Collins has published and has forthcoming work in the peer-reviewed journals: American Quarterly, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Society, and Culture, National Political Science Review, Frontiers, and The Black Scholar. She has published on popular mediums such as The Feminist Wire, b*tch! Magazine,,, has forthcoming articles on and The Hastings Center’s online journal. Her creative poems and short stories have been published in SALT: Contemporary Art + Feminism, The HAUNT Journal of Art, and an autobiographical book chapter will be published by Demeter Press in 2022. She is on the founding editorial committee for a new journal on Black Studies and Bioethics.
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Fall 2024

  • AFAM-200 African Americans in Diaspora

  • AFAM-350 Topics African Am/Diaspora St: Aesthetics of Black Motherhood