Tanya Walker

Associate Professor of African American Literature and Interim Chairperson, Department of English


Dr. Tanya E. Walker-Bethea is Co-Faculty Lead for the HeArts Studio at CDI. Additionally, she is Associate Professor of African American Literature and Interim Chairperson of the Department of English at Winston-Salem State University. Her research and professional interests are rooted in the experiences of Black women captured in fiction, plays, and on television. Currently, she is working on a grant-funded project on understudied Black women writers. The interactive website will serve as a valuable tool for undergraduate researchers interested in lesser-known Black women writers of the New Negro Renaissance, specifically.

At WSSU, Dr. Walker-Bethea serves as a member of the Curriculum Coherency Committee, the First-Year Experience Advisory Board, and the WSSU Fellowship Review Committee. Recently, she authored a book titled Margins of the Literary Imagination: A Black Speculative Fiction Reader.

Dr. Walker-Bethea earned a B.A. in English from Bennett College, a M.A. in English and African American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in African American Literature from Howard University.