Jervette R. Ward earned her Ph.D. in English –Literary &Cultural Studies from The University of Memphis. Her research and teaching areas focus on American Literature with an emphasis in African American Women's Literature. She is the editor of Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Rutgers University Press, September 2015).
Dr. Ward recently published the article, "In Search of Diversity: Dick and Jane and Their Black Playmates," in Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, the introductory essay, "Zora Neale Hurston: Coming Forth as Gold," for the book Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography of Works and Criticism (Scarecrow Press, June 2013), and the book chapter, "Seraph on the Suwanee: Hurston's 'White Novel'" in the book Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston (Salem Press, May 2013). Currently, she is writing a book in response to the book and film The Help.
Ph.D. English – Literary and Cultural Studies, The University of Memphis
B.A. Journalism – News Editorial
African American Literature Graduate Certificate
TEFL Certification, The University of West Bohemia in The Czech Republic
Twentieth Century African American Literature, American Literature, and Women's Literature