Simone Drake

Simone Drake

Simone Drake

Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor & Chair of the Department of African American and African Studies


486F University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Race, Gender, and Legal Studies
  • Black Visual Culture and Media
  • Public Humanities and Social Justice
  • Diasporic Migrations and Belonging
  • African Diasporic Literature and Culture


  • BA, Classical Civilization and English, Denison U. (1997)
  • Ph.D., English, U. of Maryland, (2007)
  • M.S.L., Master in the Study of Law, Ohio State U. (2013)

I am the Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, I am the author of Critical Appropriations: African American Women and the Construction of Transnational Identity (LSU Press, Southern Literary Studies Series, 2014) andWhen We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making (U of Chicago P, 2016). A third book, Mansion Day School: Reviving the Uplift Tradition, is well under way, along with an edited volume, Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century. My public writing can be found here.


I am the principal investigator for the OSU Discovery Theme pilot project Transnational Black Citizenship and a team member on a second Discovery Theme project, Human Rights in Transit. I also serve on the faculty advisory board of the Center for the Humanities in Practice; on the editorial board for The Ohio State University Press; and the editorial board of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (Indiana UP). My administrative training includes the eighteen-month long President and Provost’s Leadership Institute at The Ohio State University, as well as the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Women’s Regional Leadership Forum.