Richard Yarborough

Richard Yarborough is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His work focuses on race, representation, and American culture, and he has written on authors such as Frederick Douglass, Pauline Hopkins, Charles Chesnutt, and Richard Wright as well as musicians Jimi Hendrix and Prince. He is the associate general editor of the Heath Anthology of American Literature, as well as the former director of the University Press of New England’s Library of Black Literature series. In 2012 he was given the American Studies Association’s inaugural Richard A. Yarborough Award in Mentoring, which is named in his honor. He has also received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award presented by the African American Literature and Culture Society. In 2019 W. W. Norton issued Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs that he co-edited with Frances Smith Foster.

Los Angeles, CA
United States

Elected to AAS
October 2023