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Dr. Paul Devlin

Assistant Professor, Humanities

Year Started



Ph.D. in English, Stony Brook University
M.A. in English, St. John's University
B.A. in English with a Minor in History, St. John's University

Teaching Interests

Technical and Professional Communication
Humanities Sea Project
Herman Melville

Research Interests

African American Studies (esp. post-1945)
Literary Modernism
Multi-Ethnic American Literature
Sound Studies
Jazz Studies
Film Studies
Critical Theory


Dr. Paul Devlin is a scholar of American literature, with a focus on African American literature. His dissertation (2014) was on Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, and Percival Everett. He is the editor of Albert Murray's previously uncollected and unpublished interviews and music writings, Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association's book award in 2012. He is a co-editor (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) of the Library of America's definitive two-volume edition of Albert Murray's work. Volume one (Essays and Memoirs) was published in October 2016 and volume two (Complete Novels and Poems) will be published in early 2018. Dr. Devlin's writing has appeared in publications such as Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Book Review, Bomb Magazine, The Nation, and Popular Mechanics, as well as in scholarly journals. He contributed twelve articles to African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2008).

 Dr. Devlin has been a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (where he was also a curator of its 2014 exhibition of Ralph Ellison's record collection as well as the exhibition's literary consultant), and the American Writers Museum in Chicago. Dr. Devlin is an appointee to the Modern Language Association's Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada (term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019) and is the Book Review Editor of African American Review (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017
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