Agnieszka Tuszynska

 Agnieszka Tuszynska

Agnieszka Tuszynska

Assistant Professor

English Department 



PhD: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2013;

MA Emporia State University 2004

Teaching and Research Interests

I believe that studying literature allows everyone involved--students and professors alike--to enjoy some of the best aspects of being human. I teach courses in writing and African American literature. Apart from teaching at QCC, I also teach in a prison as a volunteer with College Justice Program, which I helped to found.

My research interests include Harlem Renaissance literature and the literature of the Jim Crow Era; prison writing, and immigrant literature.


 “Who Needs Race Talk Anyway?: Teaching African American Literature to Students of Color in Anxious Times.” MELUS, Vol. 42, Issue 4, 1 December 2017, pp 164–191.

Ferrari, Franca, Agnieszka Tuszynska, Carolyn King, and Rose-Marie Aikas. “Reentry: Advancing Social Justice While Forging New College Student Identities in Transitional Places of Incarceration.” Dialogues in Social Justice. Vol. 2, Issue2, 2017, pp. 82-101.

“White Ethnics.” Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. Ed. Carlos E. Cortés.
SAGE Reference, 2013.

“Signifying on the Margins: Jazz Improvisation in the Urban Third Space of Ann Petry’s The Street and Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings the Blues.Journal of Contemporary Thought. Fall 2011.

“What I've Learned from Teaching in a Prison.” Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Blog. January 2012.

"Eastern Girls, Western Boys: The Image of the Eastern European Woman in Birthday Girl. Vampirettes, Wretches, And Amazons: Western Representations Of East European Women. Eds. Domnica Radulescu and Valentina Glajar. Columbia University Press, 2005.

“On 'I Am Accused of Tending to the Past.” Modern American Poetry Site. Companion journal to Anthology of Modern American Poetry, edited by Cary Nelson , Oxford Univ Press,


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