Julia Tigner

Brittain Fellow

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
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Julia Tigner is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research examines how Black women writers across the African Diaspora use liminality as a trope to explore how Black women negotiate space and live at the intersection of race and gender. This interest in liminality, space, identity, and movement is foundational to both her research and teaching. She presented her most recent work “Black Women Imbued with the Political in Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, by Anna Deavere Smith” at the 2020 MLA Conference in Seattle, Washington. She also has an essay entitled “Negotiating that Space of Uncertainty in Academe as a Black Woman” that appears in Outside In: Voices from the Margins. Dr. Tigner’s most recent courses entitled “Discovering Spaces In Between” and “Narratives of Black Girlhood” focus on race, power, and gender in nuanced ways.

  • Ph.D. English, Auburn University
  • M.A. English, The University of Georgia
  • B.A. English, Tuskegee University, summa cum laude
Areas of
  • African American Literature
  • American Literature
  • Literature Of The African Diaspora
  • Women’s Studies


Research Fields:
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Inequality and Social Justice


  • ENGL-1101: English Composition I
  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II

Recent Publications

Internet Publications

  • 7 Brittain Fellows Reflect on Antiracist Pedagogy
    In: TECHStyle
    Date: December 2020

    In response to the protests for racial justice during the summer of 2020, we here at TECHStyle discussed steps we could take to promote antiracism and antiracist pedagogy in higher education. As we noted in our call for submissions from August,Black people have experienced systemic racism for as long as America has been an idea. Higher education has—despite efforts by some scholars—perpetuated the discrimination and dehumanization of Black people.” These six reflections on antiracist pedagogy, then, serve as examples of the work Brittain Fellows are undertaking to make higher education a more equitable and inclusive space. We share their insights here, hoping that they can inspire others.

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