Aida Levy-Hussen

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Job Title: 
Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
Email Address: 
aidalh@umich.edu
Job Title: 
Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
Email Address: 
aidalh@umich.edu

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.

Collaborates With

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Research Scientist; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies and History
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Program Director, Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies and Music
Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Women in Learning & Leadership
Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
Research Fellow, Clinical Lecturer, OB-GYN
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Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education; Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, School of Public Health
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Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work
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Professor of Classical Studies and Egyptology
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Acting Department Chair; Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies
Tabbye Chavous
Associate VP, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts; IRWG Executive Committee
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IRWG Director, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women's Studies