Courtney Baker

Associate Professor of English
Africana Studies Program Director

Joined Connecticut College: 2005

B.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Duke University, 2008


African-American studies

Cultural studies

Visual studies

Film and new media studies

Literary criticism

Critical theory

Courtney Baker teaches courses in visual culture, critical theory, film, and African-American literature.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University and her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Harvard University.

Her book, "Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African-American Suffering and Death," in the New Black Studies series at University of Illinois Press was published in September, 2015. The project examines how looking at suffering African-American bodies has shaped the modern discourse on black humanity and justice.

Her other research projects involve race and documentary film, the novels of Toni Morrison, and W. E. B. DuBois's application of German Romantic aesthetic philosophy to African-American life and letters.

View the English department website.

Majoring in English.

Majoring in Africana Studies.

Contact Courtney Baker

Mailing Address

Courtney Baker
Connecticut College
Box #5274
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


320 Blaustein Humanities