Julian Lindsay Green & Gold Professor

Emily Bernard is a professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and was recently named the Julian Lindsay Green & Gold Professor of English.  She holds a B. A. and a Ph. D. in American Studies from Yale University. Bernard has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Arts Council, and the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. She was the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Senior Research Fellow in African American Studies at Yale University. Her published works include: Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship, which was chosen by the New York Public Library as a Book for the Teen Age; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, which received a 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her most recent book, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, was published by Yale University Press in 2012. Bernard’s essays have been reprinted in Best American Essays, Best African American Essays and Best of Creative Nonfiction. An upcoming essay collection, Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in the spring of 2019. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Emily Bernard has been a faculty member at UVM since 2001.

Publications

cover of Black is the Body by Emily Bernard Black is the Body, Knopf, 2019.
cover of Passing by Nella Larsen, introduction by Emily Bernard Introduction to Passing by Nella Larsen. Penguin Classics: New York, 2018.
cover of Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White by Emily Bernard Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
cover of Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs by Deborah Willis and Emily Bernard Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (with Deborah Willis). New York:W. W. Norton, 2009.
cover of Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendship by Emily Bernard Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendship. (Editor) New York:Amistad/HarperCollins, August 2004.
cover of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (1925-1964) by Emily Bernard Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (1925-1964). (Editor) New York: Knopf, Inc., 2001.

 

Awards and Recognition

Recipient, Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professorship in English, January 2018.
Nominee, National Magazine Award for “Interstates,” November 2017.
Fellow, MacDowell Colony, June 2015.
Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2015, for “Black is the Body.”
Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2014, for “Mother on Earth.”
2014-2015 Creation Grant, Vermont Arts Council.
Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, ALANA (Asian Latino African Native
American) Community of the University of Vermont, May 2014.
First Runner-Up, 2014 Neil Shepard Prize in Creative Nonfiction for “Mother on Earth,”
Green Mountains Review.
First Runner-Up for “Black is the Body,” Spring 2015 contest, Creative Nonfiction.
UVM Dean’s Lecture Award, 2013.
Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2012, for “The Refuge of the Classroom.”
Winner, 2010 NAACP Image Award for Michelle Obama: The First Lady in
Photographs (with Deborah Willis), New York: Norton, 2009
Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow, 2009-2010
James Weldon Johnson Senior Research Fellow in African American Studies, Beinecke
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2008-09
Best African American Essays (2009) for “Fired”
Best of Creative Non-Fiction (2008) for “Figurines”
Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
Outstanding Faculty Woman Award, 2007
Best American Essays 2006, for “Teaching the N Word”
Bernard, Vitae 2
Nominee, Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses, for “Teaching the N Word”
Nominee, National Magazine Award for “Teaching the N Word”
Some of My Best Friends selected for Books for the Teen Age, The New York Public
Library, 2006
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2006
Award for Outstanding ALANA Faculty Member, 2005
Recognition as Outstanding Professor by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic
Council, 2005
Recognition by the Class of 2003 for Valuable Contributions to the Students of the
University of Vermont
W. E. B. Du Bois Non-Resident Fellow, Harvard University, 2000- present
W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellow, Harvard University, 1999-2000
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1999-2000
Grants from Committee on Faculty Compensation and Development, Smith College, Fall 1997;
Spring 1998; Fall 1998; Spring 1999
Nominee, Prize Teaching Fellowship, 1995
Beinecke Summer Research Fellowship, 1994
Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellowship, 1990-1996
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 1990-1993
Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for Best American Studies Senior Essay, 1989

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

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

Education

  • Ph.D. Yale University, 1998

Contact

Phone:
  • (802) 656-3423
Office Location:

436 Old Mill

Office Hours:

Fall 2019: W 12:00 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment

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