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Mae Henderson

Literary Critic and Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mae G. HENDERSON is a literary critic and professor of African American literature

at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. Her research interests include

early archival and historical work on nineteenth century black and reform newspapers,

literary and cultural studies of the Harlem Renaissance and today, and African

American feminist cultural and literary studies. Her current project on Josephine

Baker continues her research interests, amplified by a concern with issues of gender,

race, and performativity refracted through late nineteenth and early twentieth century

French colonialism, ethnography, and transatlantic modernism. From 1991 to 1995,

Professor Henderson served as associate professor in the department of English

and African American studies at the University of Illinois. Prior to that, she was

associate professor in the Department of English and African American world studies

at the University of Iowa. Professor Henderson serves as a consultant on African

American studies and chair of the Women's Studies in Language and Literature

program of the Modern Language Association. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in

American studies from Yale University, Connecticut.