University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Faculty - Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard, Professor

  • Ph.D. Yale University, 1998
  • C.V. (PDF)
Area of expertise

African-American and 20th-Century American literature; Critical Theory; Race and Ethnicity in Literature; Women's Studies

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-3423
Office: 436 Old Mill

Spring 2018 Office Hours: On Sabbatical

Emily Bernard is a Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship (2004) was chosen by the New York Public Library as a Book for the Teen Age, 2006. Her essays have been published in several journals and anthologies, such as The American Scholar, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Bernard has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. In 2008-9, Bernard was the James Weldon Johnson Senior Research Fellow in Arican American Studies at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, a book she co-authored with Deborah Willis, was published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 2009. Another book, White Shadows: Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance, was published by Yale University Press in 2010.

Courses taught: African-American Literature, Race & Ethnicity in Literary Studies, African-American Autobiography, Race and Representation in American Culture; African-American Women's Writing; Harlem Renaissance; Toni Morrison: Her Work and Vision