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Shamika Ann Mitchell PhD

Shamika Ann Mitchell, PhD

Shamika Ann Mitchell, PhD

Associate Professor, English

Academic II, Room 2141


Shamika Ann Mitchell, PhD, joined the RCC faculty in 2005. She served as an adjunct faculty member for two years and earned the rank of Instructor in 2007. She previously served as an adjunct at Pace University and Temple University, and was a Writing Instructor at Seton Hall University.

Dr. Mitchell has taught a broad spectrum of English courses, including composition, world literature, modern fiction, research methods, African-American literature, Asian-American literature and children’s literature. She is an advocate for using comics in the curriculum. Her teaching and research interests also span a gamut of themes, encompassing many theories, cultures, ethnicities, genres and eras. Her PhD thesis is titled, The Multicultural Megalopolis: African-American Subjectivity and Identity in Contemporary Harlem Fiction.


  • PhD Contemporary African-American and LatinX Literature, Temple University, 2012
  • MA English and American Literature, Seton Hall University, 2001
  • BA English and Textual Studies, Syracuse University, 1999
  • University of Michigan, 1994-1996

Awards (Selected)

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2019
  • SUNY ODEI Grant: Perspectives in Diversity, 2018-2019
  • SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP), First Place, 2017
  • East-West Center Summer Institute, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2016
  • Fellowship, Columbia University Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, 2015
  • RCC Student Involvement Programming Award, 2013
  • “Forty Under 40,” Rockland Economic Development Corporation, 2012

Professional Activities (Selected)

  • Panelist, San Diego Comic Con, 2019
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Faculty
  • Member, Women in Comics NYC Collective International
  • Moderator, New York Comic Con, 2018
  • Co-Adviser, RCC Black Student Union
  • Adviser, Muslim Student Association
  • Member, Women, Action and the Media - NYC
  • Planning Committee, American Women Writers of Color Conference
  • Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, New York University
  • African American History Month Committee
  • Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month Month Committee
  • Chair, Bridge Event Subcommittee

Publications (Selected)

  • Contributing writer, Encyclopedia of Black Comics, Ed. Sheena Howard. 2017
  • "The National Debt," Americans in America. 2016.
  • “DISUNITED States of America,” The Story of America: A Nation Divided. 2012
  • "Transformation, Assimilation and Reincarnation: Multiple Identities in Bharati Mukherjee‘s Jasmine," Ed. Asha Choubey. Women on Women: Women Writers’ Perspectives on Women. Rajasthan, India: Aadi Publications, pp. 90-101, 2011
  • "Hip Hop," Encyclopedia of African American History. Eds. Leslie M. Alexander and Walter C. Rucker. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, pp. 801-806, 2010
  • "Movimento Negro Unificado." The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. Ed. Carol Boyce-Davies. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008
  • "Let 'Em In: An Interview with DJ Premier," "Word Up: An Interview with DJ Scratch," "Wild Style," "The Sampler," "The Mixtape."Icons of Hip-Hop. Ed. Mickey Hess. Westport: Greenwood, 2007
  • "Defining Chineseness: Cultural Symbol and Authenticity in Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife." College English Notes. 31.2 (2004): 1-7


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