1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Njelle Hamilton

Assistant Professor Department of English; and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies

101A Minor Hall

Office Hours:

T 1:30 - 4:30

Class Schedule:

MW 2:00 - 3:15
MW 3:30 - 4:45


Ph.D. Brandeis University, 2012
M.A. Brandeis University, 2007
B.A. University of the West Indies, Mona, 1998


African Diaspora, Caribbean, Popular Music


  • “‘From Silent Wounds to Narrated Words’: Calypso Storytelling in Lawrence Scott’s Night Calypso.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. Vol. 10: Iss. 1, Article 3 (2013).“‘Under a Foreign Sky’: Place and Displacement in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.” Paroles Gelées 26:1 (2010) 24-46.

Book Chapters

  • “‘Music and a Story’: Sound Writing in Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge.Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature. Eds. Joy Mahabir, Mariam Pirbhai. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Selected Presentations

  • “‘Anancy Mek It’: The Trickster Spider From Oral to Written Media,” Caribbean  Studies Association, June 3-7, 2013.
  • “‘Ole Dawg Like Me’: The Reggae-Dancehall Dichotomy in Colin Channer’s Waiting in Vain,” Popular Culture Association, March 27-30, 2013.
  • “Narrating Trauma in Lawrence Scott’s Night Calypso,” NeMLA, March 21-24., 2013.
  • Yardie to de Core’: Reggae (Trans)Nationalism in Channer’s Waiting in Vain,” African Diaspora Studies Works-in-Progress Lecture Series, Boston College. November 2011.
  • “The House Divided: Calypso Figurations of Nationalist, Narrative and Psychic Tensions in the Trinidadian Novel,” CSA, May 30 - June 3, 2011.
  • “Records and Recuerdos: Musical Nostalgia in Oscar Hijuelos’ The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” NeMLA, April 7-10, 2011.
  • “Fukú and Footnotes: Narrating Trujillo in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” CSA, May 24-28, 2010.
  • “Caribbean Ariel?: (Re)Reading The Tempest in the Créolité Generation,” CSA, June 1-5, 2009.

Selected Awards

  • Excellence in Diversity Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2014-2015
  • Andrew Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2011-2012
  • Mort and Barbara Mandel Endowed Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2007-2010.