Joyce Hope Scott

Wheelock College Associate Professor of American Studies Joyce Hope ScottAssociate Professor of American Studies
Email: jscott@wheelock.edu
Phone: 617-879-2403
Office: Activiities East 225E

Educational Degrees

B.S., Northeastern University (with High Honors)
M.A. (English), Northeastern University
Ed.D., Boston University

Joyce Hope Scott teaches American popular culture, African-American & Caribbean literature, African American theatre, and an international service learning/travel course to Ghana and Benin.

She has received two Fulbright Lecturing & Research Scholarships in American Studies, a Fulbright-Hayes Award, Wheelock's Gordon Marshall Fellowship and Cynthia Longfellow Excellence in Teaching Award, and an award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Hope Scott is a scholar of the Oxford Round Table (England), and her long-term commitment to internationalization of the American educational experience as well as her general interest in the "multi-voiced narrative" of US history has led her to lecturing and research opportunities across the US and in many countries around the world.

Selected Scholarly Presentations

  • September 12, 2014, University of Brighton United Kingdom, International Conference on Reparative Histories: Radical Narratives of Race and Resistance
    Paper: "Remapping Memory, Orality, and Cartographies of Spiritual Healing in Afro-Atlantic Women's Narratives"
  • January, 2014: Guest Presentation, National Television of the Republic of Bénin, on "Linkages of African Culture and Traditional Spirituality in the African Diaspora"
  • August 29, 2013, Humanities Scholar for, "The Emancipated Century," William Monroe Trotter Institute and McCormack Theatre/UMass/Boston, Project funded by the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities, Paper presented: "August Wilson's Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and " Citizenship and Jim Crow Today"
  • January 19, 2013, Conference on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Amilcar Cabral: Praia, Cape Verde, Paper: "Culture & Liberation: Cabral's and King's Nationalist Aesthetics"
  • January 3, 2013, Conference on Léopold Sedar Senghor and his Influence on the African Diaspora, Djilor, Senegal: Paper, "Naked Woman, Black Woman": Senghor & the Godmothers of Négritude"
  • June 2013 - Present: Consultant for the Civil Aviation Agency of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (West Africa): Development & Supervision of English Language Institute
  • April 15, 2012, African Literature Association Conference, Dallas, Texas: Paper, "African Women Writers and the European Metropole: Human Rights, Transnationalisms, and Intersectionalities"
  • March 29, 2012, College Language Association Convention, Atlanta, Georgia: Paper, "Orphans, Slaves & Strays: History and "Reconstructive Memory" of the Wilderness in Toni Morrison's A Mercy"
  • March 28, 2012, International Literary Conference, Women at Point Zero, Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland: Paper, " Women's Voices of the African Sahel: Storytelling and Agency in SANOU Bernadette Dao's La Dernière Èpouse and Aïcha Fofona's Mariage on Copie"
  • March 16, 2012, Université de Nantes, France: Conference on, Writing Slavery after
    Beloved Literature, Historiography, Criticism: Paper, "Before Slavery was Black: A Post-Modernist (Re)Memory of Enslavement in Early America in Morrison's A Mercy"


Selected Publications

  • Scott, Joyce Hope."Using Theatre for Social Intervention to Promote Women's Health in Burkina Faso." in Unraveling Gender, Race & Diaspora Obioma G. Nnaemeka and Jennifer Thorington Springer Eds. (Forthcoming, 2014), Indiana Univ. Press
  • Scott, Joyce Hope. "Alden Bland & the Chicago Renaissance," in Writers of The Black Chicago Renaissance. Steven C. Tracy (Ed.) Chicago: Univ. of Ill. Press, 2011.
  • "Subversive Language and the Carnivalesque in Toni Morrison." The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison. Justine Tally, (Editor) 2007
  • Camel Tracks: Critical Perspectives on Literatures of the African Sahel, (with Debra Boyd), Africa World Press, 2002
  • "Official Language and Unofficial Reality...." in The Real Ebonics Debate, Theresa Perry & Lisa Delpit (eds.),Beacon, 1998
  • "Commercial Deportation as Rite of Passage in Black Women's Novels," in Moving Beyond Boundaries. Carole Boyce Davies (ed.). N YU Press, 1998.


Research Projects and Interests

  • Manuscripts: Dialogics of Law & Narrative in African American Writing and Adé Ancestors and Spiritual Geographies of Restitution and Atonement in the Novels of Toni Morrison
  • Translation of several volumes of sacred texts on West African Ancestral Science
  • Travel as Subversion in Black Women's Novels
  • African spirituality in African-American novels
  • Iconographic representations of the black male in popular culture
  • Travel-study/service-learning and internship programs to West Africa

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