Crystal J. Lucky, PhD
Director, Africana Studies Program
Department of English
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
- African- American literature, life and culture since 1800
- African- American Christian religious thought
- Author Toni Morrison
- Playwright August Wilson
Dr. Lucky is an expert on 19th and 20th century African- American literature. She can provide background and insight on fugitive slave narratives, contemporary novels about slavery, Harlem Renaissance works , as well as the writings of Toni Morrison and August Wilson. Dr. Lucky has a particular interest in the narrative and cultural productions of black women preachers with special emphasis on the image of the pious black woman in American culture.
- Ph.D., English, The University of Pennsylvania
- M.A., Afro-American Studies, Yale University
- B.A., English and Communications, The University of Pennsylvania
- “African American Women Short Story Writers,” The Cambridge Companion to African American Women’s Literature, edited by Angelyn Mitchell and Danille K. Taylor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009
- “Parents and Parking Lots—Taking Care of Children and Blood Done Sign My Name.” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. Vol. 16.1, 2007
- “The Black Women’s Spiritual Narrative as Sermon – A Brand Plucked From the Fire: An Autobiographical Sketch by Mrs. Julia A.J. Foote.” Experience of God. Eds. Kevin Hart and Barbara Wall. Perspectives in Continental Philosophy series. Ed. John D. Caputo. New York: Fordham University Press, 2005
- “Ancestral Wisdom in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” Proteus – A Journal of Ideas. Vol. 21.2, Fall 2004
- “Black Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance.” Challenging Boundaries: Gender and Periodization. Ed. Joyce W. Warren and Margaret Dickie. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000
Select Professional Experience
- Villanova faculty member since 1996
- Instructor in English, Washington College
- Assistant Pastor (Ordained), Sword of the Spirit Church
- District Superintendent, Church of the Living God International, Inc., Maryland District
- Villanova University Veritas Research Grant, June 2010.
- Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minorities, 2002-2003.
- Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1995-96.