Aida Levy-Hussen

Professional Title

Associate Professor, English Language & Literature


College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)


Aida Levy-Hussen's research integrates 20th and 21st century African American literary studies with psychoanalytic theory, trauma and memory studies, theories of race and racialization, and feminist and queer theory, to examine how a range of histories, social forces, feelings, and desires inhabit and drive the stories we tell about race and racism. Levy-Hussen is currently working on a second monograph, provisionally called Race Traitors, which charts and interrogates various figures of racial "treason" (e.g., passing, "selling out," "loving the oppressor") as represented in modern and contemporary African American literature. Aida is particularly interested in how the ostensibly socio-political charge of being a race traitor draws its currency from notions of psychic propriety: to betray the race is to avow "wrong" identifications or attachments. 

Research Interests

African American
theories of identity and identification
theories of desire
disciplinary field formation