About Us


Gary  Lemons

Gary Lemons

Gary Lemons


Office: CPR 331
Phone: 813-974-9191



I am a Full Professor of English. I received my Ph.D. in English and an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University in 1993.  My areas of specialization include African American literature and black feminist and womanist theory, culture, and criticism.  I have received three postdoctoral fellowships, two from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the other from the Rockefeller Foundation.  With the aid of these awards, I held postgraduate residencies at Bennett College (one of two historically black women’s colleges in the nation), the Institute for the Study of Women and Men at the University of Southern California, and the Womanist Consortium at the University of Georgia. My book publications include Black Male Outsider, a Memoir: Teaching as a Pro-Feminist Man (the State University of New York Press, 2008), Womanist Forefathers, Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois (also from SUNY Press, 2009), and Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads: Intersectional Women’s Studies for Transracial Alliance (Routledge 2012), co-edited with Kim Vaz.  My most recent book published in 2017 is titled Caught Up in the Spirit! Teaching for Womanist Liberation (Nova Science Publishers).  In addition, I have two forthcoming edited book collections—Hooked on the Art of Love and Building Womanist Coalitions: Writing and Teaching in the Spirit of Love (University of Illinois Press, 2019).