Dr. Thabiti Lewis

Associate Professor
Phone: (360) 546-9256
Fax: (503) 546-9074
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) 102M
Office Hours: By Appointment

Thabiti Lewis teaches African American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literature, and American Studies courses.  He addresses issues of masculinity and race as well as how these issues are represented in film.  He has written about masculinity, race and sport, feminism and the writer Toni Cade Bambara.  Lewis's ideas have appeared in several book chapters, journals, Opinion Editorials, and radio commentaries. 


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
321 Introduction to African American Literature VMMC once each year
220 Multicultural Literature Spring Once each year
322 Topics in African American Literature (from Black Women Writers to Masculinity in African American Literature to African American Literature Since 1940) Topics vary from year to year


  • Contemporary African American Literature
  • Critical Race Theory (Popular Culture--Sport and Hip-Hop)
  • Masculinity Studies

Recent Publications

Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America (Third World Press)

Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara (University Press of Mississippi)


  • B.A. History (Honors) and English, University of Rochester
  • M.A.T. Education (English), University of Rochester
  • Ph.D. English, Saint Louis University