William Mosley

William Mosley

Mellon Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Humanities

Office: Tribble Hall A115

Phone: (336) 758-4394
Email: mosleyw@wfu.edu



William Mosley (he & they pronouns) is the Mellon Assistant Professor in the Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities and affiliated with the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. He holds a BA in Biology and English from Amherst College and an MA in English from the University of Texas at Austin where he also earned a PhD in African & African Diaspora Studies with Certificates in LGBTQ and Women’s & Gender Studies in 2019. 

As a Black queer feminist scholar William’s research is at the intersection of Black studies, critical ethnography, expressive culture, feminism, literature, and transformative justice. The interdisciplinary nature of his work is at heart of his first book project, Tenderness: The Work of Black Queer Expression, which constructs genealogies of tenderness underexamined in Black feminism or abandoned by the affective turn, disrupting post-humanist and trans-exclusionary trends in feminism, Black studies, and cultural criticism. With support from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Mellon Foundation, Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment at Florida International University, Tenderness relates multiple theories of Black and feminist studies to situate cultural representations of Black queer life within scholarship on gender, justice, labor, and race.

William writing has appeared, or will soon, in Feminist TheoryBlack PerspectivesThe Daily Texan, and E3W: Ethnic & Third World Literatures where he is the co-editor of two special issues: the first on Security, Precarity, and Surveillance with M. Gorman-DaRif and the second on Futures of Resistance with Gabriella Rodriguez.

You can follow William on Twitter @willinthehaus.

PhD, African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin  
Certificates completed in Women's & Gender Studies and LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies
Dissertation: South of Black: Gender, Race, and Performance in Contemporary Expressive Cultures
MA, English, The University of Texas at Austin
BA, Biology and English, Amherst College

William Mosley. “Teaching HIV and Black Queer Studies During Crisis.” Black PerspectivesJune 25, 2020. https://www.aaihs.org/hiv-black-queer-studies-and-teaching-during-crisis/

William Mosley, Senior Editor, The E3W Review of Books (The University of Texas Press, 2018) 

William Mosley. dear girl, by drea brown. The E3W Review of Books, 16 (1), 2016 12-3.

William Mosley. The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption Within US Slave Culture, by Vincent Woodard. The E3W Review of Books, 15 (1), 2015, 4-6.

HMN-200: Introduction to Humanities: Themes in Literature, Culture, and Film
HMN-290: The Humanities through Film, Literature and Media