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