Assistant Professor, African American Studies
BA, University of Michigan, 1988
JD, Wayne State University Law School, 1992
MFA, Arizona State University, 2007
Renee Simms teaches African American studies through the disciplines of literature and law. Her research interests include African diaspora literature; black women’s fiction; the intersections of law and literature; and community writing pedagogies. Her published work appears or is forthcoming in Diverse Issues in Higher Education; Salon; North American Review; Duende; Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe; Hawai’i Review; The Feminist Wire; and All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press). She has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, the Arizona Humanities Council and elsewhere. Simms teaches Survey of African American Literature, Creative Writing, Black Fictions and Feminism, Introduction to African American Studies, and Black Imaging: Black Film & Black Identity.