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Benjamin Fagan

Benjamin Fagan

Associate Professor


Benjamin Fagan

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9092 Haley Center

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 10-11:30 am


PhD, University of Virginia

BA, University of Iowa

About Me

Benjamin Fagan received his PhD from the University of Virginia, and his BA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (Georgia, 2016), and his work has appeared in journals such as American Literary History, African American Review, and American Periodicals. He teaches courses in early African American literature and culture.

Research Interests

African American literature and culture; early American 19th-century literature; cultures of print


  • The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2016).
  •  “The Fragments of Black Reconstruction,” American Literary History 30.3 (September 2018): 450-465.
  •  “The North Star and the Atlantic 1848,” African American Review 47.1 (Spring 2014): 51-67.
  •  “‘Americans As They Really Are’: The Colored American and the Illustration of National Identity,” American Periodicals 21.2 (Fall 2011): 97-119.