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Ainsworth A. Clarke

Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor

Black Studies


Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

1205 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4789



Ainsworth Clarke holds a joint appointment with the Department of African American Studies and the Department of English, and teaches courses on African American literary modernism, nineteenth and twentieth century African American intellectual history, race and the production of disciplinary knowledge, and contemporary theories of cosmopolitanism. He is currently completing, Thinking the Negro: W.E.B. Du Bois Fugitive Writing and the Challenge of Disciplinarity, a study of how the early sociological work of W.E.B. Du Bois inaugurates the problematic of disciplinary knowledge at the center of current debates in African American literary and cultural studies. Professor Clarke received a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and an MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.


PhD, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2007

MA, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1999

BA, Distinction with Honors English, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1994