Nathaniel Mills's research focuses on the political commitments of twentieth-century African American literature, specifically its engagements with the 1930s-1950s Communist left and with political movements of the Cold War and Civil Rights eras. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
  • MA: English, Syracuse University
  • BA: American Studies / English and Textual Studies, Syracuse University


  • 20th-century US and African American Literature
  • Literature and Culture of the Great Depression
  • The Literary Left and Communism in the US
  • African American Studies
  • Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright