20th century and contemporary African American cultural history, cooperative economics, humor studies, social movement theory, performance studies, and affect theory.
My forthcoming manuscript, Dreams of the Present: Time, Aesthetics, and the Black Cooperative Movement will be the first book length study of the grassroots role American artists played in establishing cooperatives, businesses owned by their patrons, who democratically distribute the collective surplus. With material from over 27 archives across the US, the book uncovers how four generations of African American artists, in particular—W. E. B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and their circles—established local cooperatives as alternatives to global capital. Providing four new concepts that identify innovations to social movement development--sustained incipience, necromance, planned failure, and pluriprsence--I argue that these luminaries experimented with ways of forming a social movement beyond the promise of progress. Where do you move to, they asked, when not to a better tomorrow? In the end I show how one of the most remarkable mass movements in American history profoundly speaks to the challenges of our time.
- Ph.D., Columbia University (2014)
- M.A., University of California, Berkeley (2007)
- B.A., Morehouse College (2005)
- Mourning in Comic Time (ENG 553)
- Black Literature in America from the Beginnings to Today (ENG 150 / AFRO 105)
- The End of Poverty in the African American Novel (ENG 461)
- Writing about Literature: Love and Sound in the Age of Consumption (ENG 300)
- American Literature after 1945 (ENG 452)
- Afro-American Literature I & II (ENG 259 & 260)
- The American Novel since 1914 (ENG 251)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Assistant Professor, African American Studies
"Planned Failure: Ella Baker, George Schuyler, and the Young Negroes Cooperative League," American Quarterly 72.4 (Winter 2020).
“How Literature Understand Poverty,” American Literature (Spring 2020).
“Unco-Opted: Cooperative Economics as Counter Surveillance,” African American Literature: In Transition, 1940-50, Cambridge UP (Spring 2020).
“Necromance: Capital, Credit, and American Literary History,” American Literary History 31.4 (Winter 2019): 829–39. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajz046
“The Hesitations of Speculative History,” Contemporaries at Post45 (February 2019).
“The Humor We Fear Most,” Contemporaries at Post45 (February 2019).
“The Ethics of Reading Poverty: Charles Wright, Empathy, and the US Welfare State,” Revise and Resubmit at Contemporary Literature (2018).
“Get Out: Not An Invitation, But a Warning,” Public Books (May 2017).
“On Ava Duvernay,” Public Books (Feb2016).
“Saints on the Dollar,” Public Books (Jul 2014).
“Everybody’s Protest Play?” Public Books (Jan 2014).
Hunt, I. J., Nishikawa, K., Callahan, C., & Entin, J. (Eds.) (2020). How Literature Understands Poverty. American Literature.
Hunt, I. J. (2020). Unco-Opted: Cooperative Economies as Counter Surveillance. In African American Literature: In Transition, 1940-50
Hunt, I. J. (2019). Review of Progress Compromised: Social Movements and the Individual in African American Postmodern Fiction. American Literary History.
Hunt, I. J. (2017). Not an Invitation, but a Warning. Public Books. http://www.publicbooks.org/virtual-roundtable-get/#hunt
Hunt, I. J. (2016). On Ava Duvernay. Public Books. http://www.publicbooks.org/virtual-roundtable-on-women-directors/#hunt