Faculty Experts - Crystal J. Lucky, PhD

Crystal J. Lucky, PhD

Crystal J. Lucky, PhD
Associate Professor
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 

Select Publications

  • “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

Select Research

  • 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. 

About Villanova

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