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Tara Green named the Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor

photo of GreenDr. Tara T. Green was recently named the Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor at UNCG. The professorship, which rewards the most promising faculty research agendas, was effective Aug. 1.

The Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professorship was established in 2002 by the UNCG Friends of Women’s and Gender Studies for the purpose of enhancing the academic and co-curricular programs of Women and Gender Studies, with the hope that the work will build energy throughout the campus. The four-year professorship comes with an annual research budget to support her research.

Green, who joined the UNCG faculty in 2008, has appointments in African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Excellence Professors are expected to engage with the academic and the surrounding community and Green, whose research focuses on the lives of black women, says her work appeals to multiple audiences.

“I seek to give voice to women who are too often overlooked in historical studies despite their contributions to society,” she said. “Exploring what they experienced both in their intimate lives and their public lives provides a template many can use in formatting their own agendas or in understanding what fuels their success.”

Green received her bachelor’s degree in English from Dillard University in New Orleans and her master’s and a doctorate in English, with an emphasis in African American literature from Louisiana State University. Before coming to UNCG, she taught at universities in Louisiana and Arizona.

Her research interests include African American autobiographies, twentieth-century novels, gender studies, Black southern studies, African literature, and the U.S. Black diaspora. She has published numerous articles and made presentations in these areas of research. Her books From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature, A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men, which was the winner of the 2011 National Council for Black Studies for Outstanding Publication in Africana Studies, and Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature, reflect her interests in African American literary and interdisciplinary studies. Her forthcoming book, a comparative study on the relationship between water and death in African diasporic literature, titled Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song is due out in Spring 2018 from Ohio State University Press.

Inspired by her fondness for New Orleans, she is completing a manuscript on Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a writer and activist from New Orleans. In addition to presenting locally and nationally, she has presented her research in England, the Caribbean and Africa.

She has served as past president of the Langston Hughes Society and managing editor of the CLAJ, the journal of the College Language Association. Green enjoys mentoring students and working with community organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. She also served on the inaugural community editorial board of the News & Record.