Faculty Bio

Tyrone Simpson, II

Associate Professor of English and Director of Urban Studies

Tyrone Simpson is an Associate Professor of English, who also teaches in the programs of Urban Studies, Africana Studies and American Culture at Vassar College. He has been a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia and a fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program in Princeton, New Jersey. He has interests in American nationalism, immigration and mobility, black intellectual thought, and critical race theory. He has published on topics as varied as imprisonment and torture, black comedy, and race and politics in Kansas. He is celebrating the recent release of his first book entitled Ghetto Images in Twentieth Century American Literature (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012) that explores how six American writers imagine and fictionalize the experience of ghettoization. (It is in stores now!) He is currently working on a project that looks at black autobiography and the politics of confessional storytelling. He is entering his ninth year at Vassar.