Furaha D Norton

Contact Information

Furaha Norton
Position Assistant Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 110C  
Email furaha.norton@uc.edu 
Phone (513) 556-9217
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069


Furaha Norton

Furaha Norton, Assistant Professor


School Degree
Cornell University Ph.D., English Language and Literature, 2002
Cornell University M.A. English Language and Literature, 1997
University of Chicago A.B. (with honors) English Lanaguage and Literature

Professional Summary

Furaha Norton specializes in twentieth century African American literature and how black writers define and represent the self in the context of contemporary affect theory, postcolonial theory, and moral theory. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and has written on Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara, George Eliot, and Eavan Boland, among others. Before returning to academia in the Spring of 2010, Dr. Norton worked for nearly a decade as an editor at Oxford University Press, Vintage/Anchor Books, and The New Press. While at Oxford Dr. Norton assisted in the publication of many acclaimed works of history, including three New York Times bestsellers and a Pulitzer Prize winner, and she acquired two award-winning books, Scott Nelson's Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend (2006) and Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2007).

Research Interests

Twentieth century African American literature and culture
Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture
Race and Ethnicity
Critical race theory
Women’s Literary Studies
Feminist theory


2010   "Toni Morrison," The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought, F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo. New York: Oxford University Press, 133-138.

2003    "Introduction," Visions of Utopia, by Edward Rothstein, Herbert Muschamp, and Martin E. Marty. New York: Oxford University Press, vii-ix.

Classes You Taught

Undergraduate Courses
        ENGB 3065: The Victorian Age
        ENGL3043: Issues of Race in African American Literature
        ENGL 2080: US Ethnic Literature
        ENGL 3041: Introduction to Ethnic American Literatures
        ENGL 3000: Introduction to English Studies
        ENGL 3003: Survey of American Literature, 1915 to the Present
        ENGC 3061: Black Women Writers
        ENGL 4004: African American Literature: Major Authors: Black Women 
        Writers (capstone)
Graduate Courses
        ENGL 726: Book Publishing
        ENGC 7070: Black Women Writers and Criticism

Independent Studies
        Winter 2012, Graduate Level Independent Study in Book Publishing
        Spring/Summer 2012, Independent Study with McNair Scholar in  
        Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Honors and Awards

1996    Honorable Mention, John S. Knight Writing Program Award for
            Creativity and Excellence in Teaching (Cornell University)
1995    Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
1991    Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship



2012—Present: Member: LCS Track Committee
        2012 Member: Hopton Undergraduate Short Story Prize Committee
        2012 Member: Diversity Committee
        2012 Member: English 3000 Committee
        2011 Member: Hatfield/Westheimer Graduate Short Story Prize 

2013 Member, Search Committee, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center
         Faculty Chair

2013 Member, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Ad Hoc Identity 

2012-2015 Member: Charles Phelps Taft  Research Center Executive Board

2011-2012 Member: Board of Friends of Women’s Studies, University of

Professional Summary