Faculty & Staff

Nadia Nurhussein, PhD

Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts Director of Creative Writing Program


photo of Nadia Nurhussein

Areas of Expertise

African American Literature; Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature; Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Poetry Writing


PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Harvard University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Rev. of Kimiko Hahn, The Narrow Road to the Interior. Harvard Review 33 (2007): 191-3.

"Z. Z. Packer" (encyclopedia entry). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and their Work. Ed. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. New York: Facts on File, 2010.

 Rev. of John Cullen Gruesser, The Empire Abroad and the Empire at Home: African American Literature and the Era of Overseas Expansion. Clio 43.1 (109-114)


Poems in Volt, Berkeley Poetry Review, Callaloo, Tarpaulin Sky, Tuesday: An Art Project, The Harvard Review, 580 Split, Good Foot.

Work in Progress

Imperial Ethiopianism: Abyssinia and African American Literature

Additional Projects

Curator, "The Public Life of Poetry: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, and their Contemporaries," Rare Books Exhibition, Boston Public Library, November 2010-January 2011.

Courses Taught at UMass Boston

ENGL 200: Understanding Literature
ENGL 202: Six American Authors
ENGL 211: Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 235: African American Literature
ENGL G262: The Art of Literature
ENGL G273: The Art of Fiction
ENGL 355: African American Poetry
ENGL 363: Modern American Poetry
ENGL 364: Contemporary American Poetry
ENGL 463: Black Writing at the Turn of the Century

ENGL 600: Studies in Prose: Black Empire
ENGL 601: Studies in Poetry: Contemporary American Poetry and Poetics
ENGL 601: Studies in Poetry: Twentieth-Century Black Poetry and Poetics
ENGL 601: Studies in Poetry: Poetry and Performance
ENGL 606: Books, Manuscripts, Libraries: The Public Poem in the United States
ENGL 657: The Black Presence in American Literature
ENGL 662: Modern Black Writers
ENGL 697: American Literature and Popular Culture


A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2012
Honorable Mention, Proquest/Research Society for American Periodicals Article Prize, 2011
Everett Helm Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, 2009
ACLS Fellowship, 2008-9