Diego Millan Assistant Professor of English

Diego Millan

Washington 116


Ph.D. English Literature, Tufts University
M.A. English Literature, Tufts University
B.A. English Literature, Bowdoin College


Nineteenth and Twentieth African-American and American literature and culture; Black Studies; Performance Studies; theories of laughter and comedy


ENGL 366 African American Literature
WRIT 100 Homeward Bound

Selected Publications

Chester Himes. “On the Use of Force” edited with introduction. “Little-Known Documents,”
PMLA 132.2 (2017): 471-6.
“Wit’s End: Frantz Fanon, Transnationalism, and the Politics of Black Laughter.” Special Issue, “Black Transnationalism and the Discourse(s) of Cultural Hybridity” (Guest Edited by Kameelah L. Martin and Donald M. Shaffer). 82.4 (Winter 2017): 9-30.
“Bell Laughter in Larsen’s Passing,” Nella Larsen’s Passing at Ninety, special issue of South Atlantic Review. (Guest Editor, Donavan L. Ramon) (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

“Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation by Nicholas Sammond,” Studies in American Humor 3.1 (2017): 127-130.

Awards and Honors

2016 Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University
2015 Annette K. Baxter Travel Grant, American Studies Association
Dissertation Completion Grant, SSRC Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives
2014 Graduate Student Research Grant, Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Annette K. Baxter Travel Grant, American Studies Association
Graduate Student Enhancement Grant, SSRC Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives
Dissertation Fellowship, Tufts English Department
MMUF Travel and Research Grant, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution to Undergraduate Education, Tufts University
2013 Pre-Doctoral Research Development Grant, SSRC Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives
Humanities Summer Fellowship, Tufts University
2009-14 Graduate Student Fellowship, Tufts University
2007 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Bowdoin College
2007 Freeman Fellowship, Bowdoin College
2003 Posse Leadership Scholarship, The Posse Foundation