Photograph of Deborah E. McDowell

Deborah E. McDowell is the Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. Her publications include ‘The Changing Same’: Studies in Fiction by African-American WomenLeaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and scholarly editions. She was founding editor of the African-American Women Writers Series for Beacon Press and was a contributing editor for the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature and the D. C. Heath Anthology of American Literature, and is co-editor with Arnold Rampersad of Slavery and the Literary Imagination