Wall, Cheryl

Distinguished Professorwall_pic

Department of English

Email: cwall@rci.rutgers.edu

Tel: 848-932-7079

Office: Murray Hall, Rm 048 


Ph.D., Harvard University
B.A., Howard University

Research Interests

African American and African Diaspora Literature; Gender and Sexuality.

Biographical Notes

Professor Wall is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition (2005) and Women of the Harlem Renaissance (1995), and the editor of Changing Our Own Words: Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women (1989). She has edited two volumes of writing by Zora Neale Hurston for the Library of America – Novels and Short Stories (1995) and Folklore, Memoirs and Other Writings (1995) – as well as two volumes of criticism on Hurston's fiction: "Sweat": Texts and Contexts (1997) and Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Casebook (2000). She is the section editor for "Literature since 1975" in the Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2003) and co-editor of Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara (2008). Professor Wall, a specialist in Black women's writing, the Harlem Renaissance, and Zora Neale Hurston, serves on the editorial board of American Literature and on the advisory boards of African American Review and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. A former chair of the department, Professor Wall remains active in university affairs. In 2003, she was co-principal with Mary Hartman of the Institute for Women's Leadership on "Reaffirming Action: Designs for Diversity in Higher Education." This Ford Foundation-funded initiative examined the strategies higher education institutions successfully employ to enhance racial and gender equity. She served as co-chair, with former Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick, of the President's Council on Institutional Diversity and Equity. Professor Wall, who received the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, remains an active teacher. She was named a Board of Governors Professor of English in December 2006, and named the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English in January 2007.

Awards, Fellowships, Grants

  • Policy Makers Award, Executive Women of New Jersey, 2008
  • Human Dignity Award, Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, Rutgers University, 2007
  • The Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University, 2006

Selected Publications


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Other Publications:

Courses Offered


  • Black Narrative
  • Black Women Writers
  • The African American Essay
  • Topics in Black Literature and Culture


  • Black Narrative
  • Black Women Writers
  • The African American Essay
  • Topics in Black Literature and Culture

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Advisory Board, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2005-
  • Advisory Board, African American Review, (formerly Black American Literature Forum), 1989 -
  • Member, College Language Association
  • Member, Zora Neale Hurston Society