Dr. Philathia Bolton

Dr. Philathia Bolton

Title: Assistant Professor, Honors Advisor & Internship Liaison
Dept/Program: Department of English
Office: Olin 356
Phone: 330-972-6948
Email: pbolton@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Philathia Bolton teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in African American literature and culture at the University of Akron. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Pan-African Studies Program and is an affiliate faculty member of the Women Studies Program. Her research interests more broadly involve women writers, the U.S. civil rights movement, and critical race studies. 


Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom. Edited with Cassander L. Smith and Lee Bebout. Chicago: Northwestern UP, 2019. Hardcover, paper, and electronic.

“The Potential of a Moment: Race Literacy and Black American Literature.” In Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom. Chicago: Northwestern UP, 2019. Hardcover, paper, and electronic.

 “Audience, Gender, and the Construction of Antebellum Slave Narratives.” Philathia Bolton and Venetria Patton, A Companion to American Literature: The Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, Eds. Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, and Michael Soto. (forthcoming, 2019)


Ph.D. in American Studies, Purdue University (2012); B.A. in English, Spelman College (2002).


Black American Literature, Afro-American Novel, Women Writers, Ethnic Women in Literature, Critical Reading and Writing, Fiction Appreciation, English Composition 111, English Composition 112, Graduate or dual-level courses: Harlem Renaissance, Toni Morrison, Wright/Ellison/Baldwin