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Department of English Language and Literature


Dianne Johnson-Feelings

Title: Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: HUO 507

English Language and Literature

(Image: Standing in front of statue of Richard T. Greener, USC's first African American professor)



PhD, Yale University, American Studies
MA, Yale University, Afro-American Studies
AB, Princeton University, English/Creative Writing
Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
Fellow, NEH Summer Institute on Black Film, University of Central Florida

Areas of Specialization 

    Children's and Young Adult Literature
    African American Literature
    Creative Writing
    African American Film
    Multicultural American Autobiography

Recent Publications

    Co-Editor, A Centennial Celebration of The Brownies' Book, Part of the Centennial Studies Series of The Children's Literature Association, University of Mississippi Press, 2022. School Library Journal starred review
    H is for Harlem, illustrated by April Harrison. NY: Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown, 2022. Named a Boston Globe - Horn Book honor book for non-fiction.
    Indigo Dreaming, illustrated by Anna Cunha. NY: HarperCollins, 2022. Chosen to represent the State of South Carolina at the Library of Congress National Book Festival 2023. See review here.   Also featured as a Richland Library "Table Talks" book.

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