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Melvin Peters

Associate Professor

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Ph.D. in American Literature, Michigan State University, 1978

M.A. in American Literature,Michigan State University, 1972

B.A. Double Major in English & Spanish, Marshal University, 1966

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Melvin T. Peters is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Eastern Michigan, where he has taught since 1992.  He has taught previously at: Wayne County Community College, Michigan State University, and in the public schools of Detroit, MI and Columbus, OH.   He holds a B.A. degree in English and Spanish from Marshall University in his home town of Huntington, WV.  He holds M.A. and PHD degrees in American Literature (specializing in all genres of African American Literature) from Michigan State University.   He teaches a multidisciplinary spectrum of African American Studies courses.  He specializes in the Cultural History and Cultural Continuity of the expanse of the African Diaspora as expressed in literature, music, and film and their relationship social movements.  His courses include Hip Hop Lyricism in African American Culture and Films African American Experience. 

Dr. Peters has long record of service to student organizations, both as Faculty Advisor and as a speaker or panel member.   He mentors both McNair Scholars and At Risk Students. 

Dr. Peters  has presented his research and conducted workshops focusing on his research interests which include such topics as: African American Literature and Film, African American and African Caribbean Poetry, Hip Hop Lyricism, African Literature, and on major personages (Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, Jayne Cortez, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, The Last Poets, Linton Kwesi Johnson) at universities and scholarly conferences all across the USA and internationally in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad-Tobago; Vancouver,  British Columbia; Bologna, Italy: Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Melbourne,  Australia, and Budapest, Hungary.



He has published occasional poetry and scholarly essays on subjects like: The Harlem Renaissance, Hip Hop as a Pedagogical Tool, Slave Rebellion Depiction in African American Literature, The Poetry of Curtis Mayfield.