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Tom Morgan

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: English


Email: Tom Morgan
Phone: 937-229-3456
HM 223


  • Ph.D., 2004
  • M.A., University of Buffalo, 1999
  • B.A., University of Oregon, 1993


Thomas Lewis Morgan is an Associate Professor of American and African American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Dayton.

His research interests focus on the politics of narrative form and the short story in late-nineteenth-century periodical culture. His teaching interests focus on nineteenth and twentieth century African American, Native American, Asian American, and American literature; he employs a combination of critical race and narrative theory coupled with literary history to engage the intersections of race, class, and gender as they manifest themselves textually and historically. Current work focuses on examining the way metaphor and metaphoric structures participate in perpetuating the logic of racism.

Research interests

  • American literature
  • African American literature
  • Native American literature
  • American ethnic literature
  • Critical race theory
  • Literary history

Selected publications

Edited Books

The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Edited with Gene Jarrett. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2006.


“Criticizing Local Color: Innovative Conformity in Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction.” Arizona Quarterly 70.1 (Spring 2014): 135-71.

“Black Naturalism, White Determinism: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Naturalist Strategies.” Studies in American Naturalism7.1 (Summer 2012): 7-38.

"The City as Refuge: Constructing Urban Blackness in Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Sport of the Gods and James Weldon Johnson's Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man." African American Review 38.2 (Summer 2004): 213-37.

"Inverting the Haiku Moment: Alienation, Objectification, and Mobility in Richard Wright's Haiku: This Other World." The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku. Ed. Jianqing Zheng. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2011.

"Criticizing Local Color: Innovative Conformity in Kate Chopin's Short Fiction." Forthcoming, Arizona Quarterly.

"'He was like a little dog': Reading 'The Monster' with Toni Morrison." Forthcoming, Stephen Crane Studies.

"Black Naturalism, White Determinism: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Naturalist Strategies." Forthcoming, Studies in American Literary Naturalism.


"We Wear the Mask: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Politics of Representative Reality." Ed. by Willie J. Harrell Jr. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State UP, 2010. African American Review 44.4 (Winter 2011): 725-7.

"Publishing the Family." By June Howard. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001. M/MLA Journal 35.2 (Fall 2002): 112-5.