Associate Professor of English
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 is an Associate Professor in the department of English at Connecticut College where she 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," is forthcoming from the New Black Studies series at University of Illinois Press. 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.