Jacinta R. Saffold

Stories Written on Concrete: Understanding & Re-Imagining Street Lit

Dr. Jacinta R. Saffold is an African American literary scholar invested in how twentieth and twenty-first century fiction help construct and contest intersections of race, gender, class, age, and geography on metropolitan cityscapes of the African Diaspora. She is developing her manuscript, Books and Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Words Beats & Life and the Metropolitan Universities Journal. Dr. Saffold is currently a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities where she serves as the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. Her postdoctoral fellowship work focuses on building Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation campus centers with colleges and universities across the United States.

Dr. Saffold received her Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also received graduate certificates in Advanced Feminist Studies and African Diaspora Studies. She graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in African American Studies and Educational Studies. Dr. Saffold’s research has been generously supported by the Mellon Mays Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Photographer: Zachary Stephens