Department of English

Julia Charles

Julia Charles Assistant Professor
9008 Haley Center
(334) 844-9008

Office Hours

  • Friday By appointment only


Julia S. Charles received her Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also holds an M.A. in English and African American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  She teaches courses on 19th and early 20th century African American literature. Her teaching and research interests center on racial crossing/passing literature, 19th and 20th century Black women writers, African American literary movements, and depictions of mixed-race characters in American fiction. Her current research examines how mixed-race characters in American fiction performed race from the antebellum period through the New Negro Renaissance.


  • PhD, UMass Amherst, 2015
  • M.A., UMass Amherst, 2013
  • M.A., NC A&T State University, 2010
  • B.A., Bennett College, 2008

Representative Publications

Charles, Julia S.  That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing. UNC Press, 2020. 

Charles, Julia S. “Fraternal Fractures: Marriage, Masculinity, and Malicious Menfolk in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat””  Women’s Studies, [forthcoming Spring 2021].

Charles, Julia S. “The Blind Maze of Thought: Jessie Redmon Fauset, The Brownies’ Book, and the Measure of a Movement” A Centennial Celebration of The Brownies’ Book, Dianne Johnson-Feelings and Jonda C. McNair, eds., University Press of Mississippi,  [forthcoming 2021]. Lead Chapter.

Last Updated: February 09, 2021