Ernest L. Gibson III

Assistant Professor of English
(901) 843-3445

Ernest L. Gibson III joined the Rhodes College Department of English in 2012 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and completing his tenure as the Thurgood Marshall Fellow of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. His teaching and research interests include African American literature, Male Studies, Black Popular Culture and Literary/Cultural Theory. Vita


“‘Digging through the Ruins’: Just Above My Head and the Memory of James A. Baldwin.” James Baldwin: Challenging Authors. Eds. A. Scott Henderson and Paul Thomas. (Sense Publishers, 2014).

 “The Envy of Erudition: Booker T. Washington’s Desire for a Du Boisian Intellectuality.” The Black Scholar 43.2 (2013).

 “‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’: The Wire’s Stringer Bell as a Tragic Intellectual.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present) 10.1 (2011).


Ph.D., African American Studies, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 2012
M.A., African American Studies, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 2010
M.A., American Studies, (Philosophy/English), Purdue University, 2007
B.A., summa cum laude, Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, Fisk University, 2005