Renee Simms

Assistant Professor
African American Studies

Renee SimmsRenee Simms teaches African American Studies through her disciplinary backgrounds in literature and law. Her research interests include African American literature, black women’s fiction, the intersections of law and literature, and community writing pedagogies. Her published work has appeared in Diverse Issues in Higher Education; Salon; North American Review; Duende; Black Box; Hawai’i Review; The Feminist Wire; and All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). She has received fellowships and support from Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, Kimbilio Fiction, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Arizona Humanities Council, Cave Canem, and VONA. Simms’ courses include Survey of African American Literature, Black Fictions and Feminism, Introduction to African American Studies, and Black Imaging: Black Film and Black Identity.


B.A., University of Michigan, 1988; J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 1992;
M.F.A., Arizona State University, 2007

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