Independent Minds, Working Together
John Barnard

John Barnard

Assistant Professor

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


  • BA, Yale University 1996
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University 2003
  • PhD, Boston University 2011

Courses Taught

  • Early American Novel
  • American Literature before 1900


  • "'Ruins Amidst Ruins': Black Classicism and the Empire of Slavery." Forthcoming in American Literature
  • "Ancient History, American Time: Chesnutt's Classicism and the Present Past." Forthcoming in PMLA.
  • Review of Michael Lackey, African American Atheists and Political Liberation: A Study of the Sociocultural Dynamics of Faith. Religion and the Arts 13.4 (2009).

Research Interests

I am at work on two projects. The first is a study of black classicism as a mode of resistance to the dominant narrative of U.S. history and the monumental culture that has developed around it. The second project, which is ecocritical in nature, looks at the political and philosophical resonances--both within and across historical contexts--between writings advocating sustainable agricultural and environmental practices and the broader literature of social, economic, and racial justice.