Dr. Trimiko Melancon is an associate professor of English, African American Studies, and Women's Studies, as well as co-director of the Women's Studies Program, at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her B.A. in English from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
An inaugural visiting scholar and fellow at the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South at Tulane University* (2012-13) and the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University (2008-10), she has held other distinguished positions as the J. William Fulbright Scholar of American Literature and American Studies in Berlin, Germany, a Mellon Mays University Fellow, a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar, and a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellow. She has received other prestigious awards, grants, and fellowships that have facilitated the continued support of her interdisciplinary research and teaching: from the Andrew W. Mellon, Nellie Mae, Ford, and Ruth Landes/Reed Foundations, as well as the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright Commission, among others.
She is the author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation (Temple, 2014) and editor of Black Female Sexualities (Rutgers, 2015) with Joanne M. Braxton. Her publications appear in leading journals in her interdisciplinary fields of expertise: African American Review, Callaloo, and the Journal of Popular Culture, as well as Reconstruction, among other venues. She has taught nationally and internationally in English, American Studies, African American Studies, and Women's Studies at institutions, including St. Lawrence University, Freie Universität (Free University) Berlin, Auburn University, and Emory University.
An accomplished scholar, teacher, and intellectual, Dr. Melancon maintains an active, vibrant role in the profession, and her expertise is regularly sought out by organizations, institutions, schools, sororities, and journals, among others. She has served as a consultant and expert resource faculty for nearly a decade for numerous workshops—ranging from "Creating Your Academic Identity," "Cultivating a Relationship with Your Advisor," and "Preparing for the Professoriate" to the "Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development" seminars—for the Social Science Research Council's Mellon Mays University Fellows (MMUF) Graduate Initiatives.
As a cultural ambassador in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Melancon served on the interview committee for the Fulbright German Scholarships for Study in the United States and has also served locally on Loyola's Fulbright interview committee for international exchanges. An elected delegate representing Ethnic Studies on the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly, she has also been an invited member of the local host organizing committee, as well as designed the conference program, for the 2014 College Language Association conference held in New Orleans.
Committed to social justice, equality, cultural diversity, and education, she has served as the Assistant Coordinator for the Instructional Review Tutorial Services for the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and other Minority Students (CCEBMS). She recently delivered a keynote address on the "Power of Words"—advocating diversity, anti-bullying, and embracing one's racial, gender, and cultural differences—at the inaugural Inclusion Summit at Louise McGehee, a college preparatory school for young women.
* The Anna Julia Cooper Project is, as of July 2014, at Wake Forest University with its founding director, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry.
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