Departmental Directory

Angela Ards

Assistant Professor

Princeton, Ph.D.


Angela Ards

Angela Ards has published extensively on African American literature and culture in the post-civil rights era, a historical moment that demands recalibrated ways of thinking about black identity as questions of gender and class complicate allegiances and agendas previously based on race.  Currently, Angela is completing Affirmative Acts: Political Pieties in African American Women’s Contemporary Autobiography, which examines how writers bring their lived experience to bear on crafting both a language and a politic that might account for this new stage of African American history.



Courses taught

  • African American Literature & Culture
  • Black Like Us: African American Autobiography in the Post-Civil Right Era
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • New Directions in Black Feminist Theory

Selected Publications

  • “First Person: Activist Chino Hardin Imagines the Promised Land,” SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. 5.3 (Summer 2003): 50-70.
  • “Rhyme and Resist: Organizing the Hip Hop Generation,” That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Routledge, 2002.
  • “Race Natters: The Black Chattering Classes Convene,” Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature. John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
  • “To Be Young, Female & Black: A Real-Live, Walking-Talking, African American Role Model Goes to Work in a Shelter for Teen Moms,”  Still Lifting, Still Climbing: Contemporary African American Women’s Activism. New York University Press, 1999.