Glenda R. Carpio

Glenda R. Carpio

Professor of English and of African and African American Studies
Glenda R. Carpio

Glenda R. Carpio is Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. Her book, Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently working on a book on immigration, expatriation, and exile in American literature. Professor Carpio recently co-edited  African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (2011) with Professor Werner Sollors; see

Professor Carpio started her teaching career in Compton, California where she taught 8th grade English and 4th grade through the Teach for America program. She recently received Harvard University's Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching.

Professor Carpio received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. was earned at Vassar College. Recently, she was awarded tenure at Harvard University. An article on her promotion appeared in The Harvard Crimson, June 3, 2009 edition.

Professor Carpio has been named one of the 100 for 2010.

Article in "Chronicle of Higher Education" on Zora Neale Hurston

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