Robert Stepto

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John M. Schiff Professor of English Emeritus, and Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and American Studies
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Robert Stepto has been a member of the Yale faculty in African American Studies, American Studies and English since 1974. His principal fields are American and African American autobiography, fiction, poetry and visual arts since 1840. His publications include A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama, Blue As the Lake: A Personal Geography, and From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative. His editing projects include (with Jennifer Greeson) the Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories, (with Michael Harper) Chant of Saints: Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship, (with Dexter Fisher) Afro-American Literature: The Reconstruction of Instruction, and (with Donald McQuade et al) The Harper American Literature anthologies. He has been an editorial board member at American Literature, American Quarterly and Callaloo. He serves on the national committee to establish an American Writers Museum. For 30 summers, he has taught at the Bread Loaf School of English, where he has been the Robert Frost Professor of English and an Interim Director of the School. Among his recent honors are invitations to deliver W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard, an Abernathy Lecture (Middlebury) and a Rushton Lecture (Virginia). At Yale, he has contributed to the conferences on Middle Passage, John Brown, African American History and Memory, and “Embodied: Black Identities in American Art.” His service to African American Studies includes being Chair (2005-2008), an early DUS (1974-1977), and the first DGS (1978-1981).