John Barnard

John Levi Barnard

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: English
Phone: 330-263-2028
Office Address: 216 Kauke


  • B.A., Yale University
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., Boston University



  • Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

 Essays & Articles

  • “The Cod and the Whale: Melville in the Time of Extinction,” forthcoming in American Literature.
  • “Empire of Slavery: Europe, Mexico, and the African American 1848,” forthcoming in African American Literature in Transition, Volume 4: 1830-1850, ed. Benjamin Fagan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • “Ruins amidst Ruins: Black Classicism and the Empire of Slavery,” American Literature 86.2 (June 2014).
  • “Ancient History, American Time: Chesnutt’s Outsider Classicism and the Present Past,” PMLA 129.1 (January 2014). William Riley Parker Prize, Honorable Mention.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Oceans in History and Literature
  • Environmental Humanities