Koritha Mitchell is an award-winning author, cultural critic, and professional development expert. Her first book, Living with Lynching, won awards from the American Theatre
and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Her second monograph, From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture, appeared in August 2020 and was named a Best Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine. She is also editor of the Broadview Edition of Frances E.W. Harper’s 1892 novel Iola Leroy, and her scholarly articles include “James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie,” published by American Quarterly, and “Love in Action,” which appeared in Callaloo and draws parallels between lynching and violence against LGBTQ communities. Mitchell has been invited to offer guidance to scholars at every stage of their careers by various types of institutions, including the Ford Foundation, the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the New Jersey Department of Education, Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, the College of Wooster, and Princeton University. In addition to serving as external reviewer for tenure dossiers, she has chaired committees to select the winners of fellowships, essay awards, and book awards. In 2014, Mitchell lectured at the Library of Congress, and in 2018, she was named Undergraduate Professor of the Year by Ohio State University’s English Undergraduate Organization. On Twitter, she’s @ProfKori.