Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Allen Tucker

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English

PhD, Princeton University

Office Location
418 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2064

Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

Jeffrey Tucker studies literature as a context for discussions about postmodernism, cultural and identity politics, and racial representation. Much of his research has addressed the genre of science fiction. His current projects include articles on technology and identity in novels by Octavia E. Butler as well as a study of the life and writings of John A. Williams.

Research Interests

  • African-American literature
  • 20th-century American literature
  • science fiction

Selected Publication Covers

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Conversations with John A. Williams, University Press of Mississippi 2018 (Editor)
  • A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference, Wesleyan 2004
  • Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century, NYU 1997 (co-editor)
  • “The Human Contradiction: Identity and/as Essence in Octavia E. Butler’s Xenogenesis Series,” in Yearbook of English Studies 37.2 (2007), 164-81
  • “Contending Forces: Racial and Sexual Narratives in Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren,” in Science Fiction: Critical Frontiers, St. Martin’s 2000


  • Courses in African-American fiction, drama, and autobiography; science fiction; and postmodernism


  • G. Graydon and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Rochester
  • Bridging Fellowship, College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, University of Rochester
  • Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Summer Stipend Award, National Endowment for the Humanities