Karen Chandler

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies


Karen Chandler received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published on American and African American fiction, autobiography, film, and poetry. One of her interests is folktales, songs, and other vernacular expression. In the last few years, she has been exploring children’s, young adult, and crossover narratives and poems about African American history.

She frequently teaches courses in American literature and African American literature, from introduction surveys to special topics and advanced graduate courses. Dr. Chandler is also the coordinator of the English Department's undergraduate internship program.