Michael Lackey

Division of the Humanities, English
Rochester

Award Year
2016
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
Research Title
Literature, Political History, and Social Justice

Section A, Location 14

From his book about African American atheist writers, which examines the role the God concept has played in the subjugation and violation of certain groups of people, to his multibook project about biofiction (literature that names its protagonist after an actual historical figure), Michael Lackey’s pioneering work as editor, interviewer, and author clarifies how literature functions to expose the structures and conditions of oppression and charts cultural and political pathways toward a more socially just future.