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Main Hall Room 532
720 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

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Summer Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm
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Andrew Sargent

Andrew Sargent

Associate Professor
Main Hall 536


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Princeton University


  • African American Literature
  • American Literature
  • The Literature and Culture of the Civil Rights Era
  • Prison Literature
  • Film and Popular Culture
  • Race, Masculinity, and Criminal Justice

Courses Taught

  • LIT 202: African American Literature I
  • LIT 203: African American Literature II
  • LIT 205: Harlem Renaissance
  • LIT 206: African American Literary Theory
  • LIT 309: Martin Luther King
  • FLM 202: American Themes: Screening the Police
  • ENG 400: Native Sons / Invisible Men
  • ENG 400/547: Literature of the Civil Rights Era
  • LIT 200: American Literature to 1860
  • LIT 165: Topics in Literature
  • WRT 120: Effective Writing I

Selected Publications

"'Free of Your Own History': Implicating Students in Dutchman." Approaches to Teaching Baraka's Dutchman, eds. Gerald Early and Matthew Calihman. Modern Language Association, 2018: 106-113.

"To Counter a Mockingbird: White Heroism, Black Sacrifice, and Racial Innocence in William Melvin Kelley’s A Different Drummer." African American Review 51.1 (Spring 2018): 37-54.

"How to Get Away with Blackface: Performances of Black Masculinity in Tropic Thunder." The Journal of Popular Culture 50.6 (December 2017): 1400-1420.

"Staging MLK in the Age of Colorblindness: The Good Negro and The Mountaintop." Critical Insights: Civil Rights Literature, Past and Present, ed. Christopher Varlack. Grey House, 2017: 270-286.

"Miami Vice ." The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd Edition. St. James Press, 2013: 552-553.

"Police in Television ." The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012: 1767-1774.

"Building Precious Knowledge: An Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Eren Isabel McGinnis ." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 36.1 (Spring 2011): 195-217.

"Representing Prison Rape: Race, Masculinity, and Incarceration in Donald Goines's White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief ." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 35.3 (Fall 2010): 131-155. Reprinted in Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines, eds. L.H. Stallings and Greg Thomas. Baltimore: Black Classic Press Inprint Editions, 2011: 165-189.

Entries on Sidney Poitier, Eldridge Cleaver, Chester Himes, and James Weldon Johnson for Great Lives from History: African Americans (Salem Press, 2011). (WCU library access required.)

Review of The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1880-1940 , by Julian B. Carter. College Literature 36.2 (Spring 2009): 152-155.

Review of The Spirituals (PBS documentary on African American Spirituals) (2008)

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