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Dr. Donald M. Shaffer, Jr.

Dr. Donald M. Shaffer, Jr.

African American Studies and English
Phone: (662)325-3644
Email: ds649@msstate.edu
Fax: (662) 325-2225
Curriculum Vita

Donald M. Shaffer is associate professor of English and African American Studies at Mississippi State University. His research examines the social and historical construction of race in African American and Southern literature. His scholarship attempts to make critical linkages between authors whose literary works engage racial and identity politics in American culture. His most recent work is a volume he co-edited with David Roediger and Stephen Middleton entitled The Construction of Whiteness: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Meaning of a White Identity. His contribution to that collection, an essay entitled “Charles W. Chesnutt, Whiteness, and the Problem of Citizenship,” examines the intersection of racial categories and civic identity in Chesnutt’s novel The House Behind the Cedars. He is currently working on a book that examines the symbolic and social construction of whiteness in the literary works of Charles W. Chesnutt.