Paul J. Edwards


Assistant Professor


Office: DH G11
Phone: 214-768-0724
Email: pjedwards[@]

Educational Background

Ph.D., Boston University
B.A., Wesleyan University


Paul J. Edwards is an Assistant Professor of English and a book reviews editor for The Black Scholar. His research and teaching span across the fields of African American studies with a focus on global Afro-modernism and gender and sexuality studies. He received his PhD in American Studies from Boston University and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship in African American literature at Rutger University under Dr. Cheryl A. Wall. His current book project, The Black Wave: The New Negro Renaissance in Interwar Germany, reveals the effects of the New Negro/Harlem Renaissance in Germany from 1925 to 1938. Drawing together conversations in performance studies, modernist studies, and Black studies, the book reflects extensive archival research in Germany, Austria, and the United States. At the heart of this project is the insight that the Black arts renaissance extended beyond the known centers of the Black Atlantic and had a profound effect on the cultures of Weimar and Nazi Germany. His research appears in Modern Drama, German Studies Review, Theatre Survey, TDR/The Drama Review, Modernism/modernity, and The Black Scholar.


Awards and Distinctions

  • Resident Fellow, Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University, 2021-2022.
  • Certificate of Excellence for Lecturers, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2019.
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for Excellent Undergraduate Work and Excellence in the Art of Teaching, Harvard University, 2018.
  • Certificate of Excellence for Lecturers, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2017.
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Long-Term Research Grant, Bonn, Germany, 2015-2016.


Selected Publications:

“The Circumstances of Color: The Jim Crow Translation of Jonny spielt auf,” Modern Drama 64, no 2, Toronto: University of Toronto Press,   2021.

“Catering to White Audiences: Fairview at Wooly Mammoth,” Critical Acts, TDR/The Drama Review, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Spring 2021.

‘Bury the gold again before the Europeans bring us their culture’”: Witzblätter and the Paradox of German Anti-Colonialism,” German Studies Review 44, no 1, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021.

Staging the Great Migration: The Chocolate Kiddies and the German Experience of the New Negro Renaissance,” Modernism/modernity Printplus 4, cycle 3. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2019.

We are the Music: An Interview with Step Afrika!’s Former Artistic Director Jakari Sherman,” The Black Scholar, New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.