Faculty Profile

Dr. Cedrick May

Associate Professor, African American Literature

Years of Service

  • Associate Professor (2007 - present)


  • PhD, Penn State University, 2003
  • MA, University of Texas at Arlington, 1998
  • BA, University of Texas at Arlington, 1996

Current Research

Areas of Interest: 18th- and 19th-Century African-American Fiction, Poetry, and Prose; Evangelical Literature and Theology; Black Autobiography; Civil Rights and Black Power Literature, Computational Textual Analysis, Digital Humanities Research Methods, Science and Literature, Web Design and Web Development

Much of my research involves the development of an online database of literature related to early African-American culture. I am in the process of digitizing early African-American authors who wrote between 1760-1830. My current book project is a scholarly edition of the poetry and prose Jupiter Hammon, an eighteenth-century slave who was the first African-American to publish literary works in America.

Recent Publications

  • Books
  • Evangelism and Resistance in the Black Atlantic, 1760-1835. The University of Georgia Press. (Release date: June 2008)
  • Books Chapters
  • “Metaphysics of Presence in Olaudah Equiano’s Narrative.” Teaching Olaudah Equiano’s Narrative. Ed. Eric D. Lamore. (Manuscript under consideration at the University of Tennessee Press)
  • Articles
  • “John Marrant and the Narrative Construction of an Early Black Methodist Evangelical,” in African American Review 38 (Winter 2004): 553-570.
  • “Video Production and Distribution for the Composition and Literature Classroom,” in Currents in Electronic Literacy (Spring 2008).