Michigan State University

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Berg, Allison

Associate Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room N353
East Lansing, MI 48825


Ph.D., Indiana University; English
Associate Professor

Professor Berg's research focuses on twentieth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on African American literature and on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She has published articles on William Faulkner, Pauline Hopkins, Marita Bonner, the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary film. Her book Mothering the Race: Women's Narratives of Reproduction, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2002) examines African American and white women's novels about motherhood in the context of racial uplift, feminist, birth control, and eugenics movements. Her recent publications include: "Integrating African American Literature and Writing at a College of Public Affairs," in Integrating Writing and Literature in First-Year English (Modern Language Association, 2007); and "Trauma and Testimony in Black Women's Civil Rights Memoirs," in the Journal of Women's History 21.3 (Fall 2009). Professor Berg was awarded a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship for 1999-2000. She is the current faculty director of the James Madison Writing Consultancy and a core faculty member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen).


Allison Berg published an article titled "Trauma and Testimony in Black Women's Civil Rights Memoirs: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, Warriors Don't Cry, and From the Mississippi Delta," in the fall 2009 volume of the "Journal of Women's History."