Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
Department of English
Department of Women’s Studies
Department of American Culture
Megan Sweeney is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. She is also a faculty affiliate in Women’s Studies and American Culture. Prof. Sweeney is currently serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies in DAAS and as Director of the English Department Writing Program. She was selected as a Faculty Fellow by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2007-2008, and she received the University of Michigan’s Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award in 2010.
Prof. Sweeney’s research and teaching interests include 20th/21st-Century African American literature and culture, inter-American literatures, critical race studies, transnational feminist and gender studies, critical prison studies, cultural studies, ethnography, and pedagogy. In addition to several essays about African American literature, prisons, and reading, she has published an award-winning monograph, Reading is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women's Prisons (2010), and an edited collection, The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading (2012).
Ph.D., Duke University, Literature, 2002