Derik Smith

Derik Smith lived in the Arabian Gulf for six years before joining the UAlbany faculty in 2011.  He teaches and writes about twentieth-century and contemporary African American literature and culture.  His essays have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review and World Order. His book, Robert Hayden In Verse: New Histories of African American Poetry and the Black Arts Era, will be published by The University of Michigan Press in 2018.  It focuses on the poetry of Robert Hayden, and considers racial aesthetics and politics in African American cultural production of the Civil Rights/Black Power era. While at UAlbany, he has also taught in a number of New York State correctional facilities.  Prison studies, with a focus on issues of prison pedagogy, is an area of particular interest for Derik.  

Ph.D. Northwestern University 

Assistant Professor

Humanities 369