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Shanna Benjamin, PhD
Biographer, Author, and Scholar
Shanna Greene Benjamin is a biographer and scholar who studies the literature, lives, and archives of Black women. Dr. Benjamin earned her Ph.D. in English (2002) and M.A. in Afro-American Studies (1996) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she received a B.A. in English from Johnson C. Smith University (1994)—a historically Black college in Charlotte, North Carolina—where she was class valedictorian. A one-time professor and associate dean at Grinnell College, Dr. Benjamin is a member of the 2016-2017 HERS class—a program administered by the Higher Education Resource Service that develops women leaders in higher education—and a 2018 graduate of the Council of Independent College’s Senior Leadership Academy. Dr. Benjamin has published in African American Review, MELUS, a/b: Auto/Biography, Studies in American Fiction, and PMLA. Her book, Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay, will be release on April 12. Dr. Benjamin is a AAUW American Fellow.
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