Leslie Wingard

Leslie Wingard

Associate Professor

Department/Affiliation: Comparative Literature, English
Phone: 330-263-2157
Office Address: 219 Kauke


  • B.A., Spelman 1999
  • M.A., UCLA  2002
  • Ph.D., UCLA 2006

Courses Taught

  • First Year Seminar: Constructing Black Lives (Autobiography, Memoir, and Documentary Film)
  • ENGL 120: Imagining America (Intro. to Literary and Cultural Study)
  • ENGL 200: Literary Theory
  • ENGL 210: Religion in Black Film and Literature
  • ENGL 210: Black Women Writers
  • ENGL 220: Toni Morrison and James Baldwin
  • ENGL 230: Survey of African American Literature

Three Minutes with Leslie Wingard




  • “As Seen Through Stained Glass: Religion, Politics, and Aesthetics in Alice Walker’s Meridian.”  Religion & Literature, 44.1 (Spring 2012):  97-119.
  • Review Essay entitled “Gracefully Policing the Tyler Perry Phenomenon” on Interpreting Tyler Perry edited by Jamel Santa Cruze Bell and Ronald L. Jackson II, Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry's Productions edited by LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant, Tamura A. Lomax, and Carol B. Duncan, and Tyler Perry’s America by Shayne Lee.  American Quarterly, 67.4 (December 2015).
  • Review of Black Men Worshipping:  Intersecting Anxieties of Race, Gender, and Christian Embodiment by Stacy C. Boyd.  Religion and the Arts, 18.3 (2014).
  • Review of "A God of Justice?": The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature by Qiana J. Whitted.  Religion & Literature, 42.3 (Autumn 2010).


Wingard’s current book project focuses on the tension between sacred and secular interests in 20th and 21st century black literary and visual texts. She was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Culture at Williams College from 2006-08. She has also held dissertation fellowships from the English department and the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Religion department and Program in Africana Studies at Haverford College. Her primary research areas include African American literature, black visual culture, religion and literature, ethnic studies, and women's and gender studies.