Ms. Stephanie Wilhelm


Campus Phone: (810) 766-6672




Master’s in Library Science and Information, Wayne State University, May 2012

Focus: Academic Libraries and Teaching with Technology

Master of Arts, English, Wayne State University, August 2006

Focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth century American and African-American literature and history; nineteenth century legal narratives

Master’s Thesis: Olaudah Equiano and the Mutability of Identity

Bachelor of Arts, English and history (double-major), University of Michigan-Dearborn, December 2003

Graduate/Post-Graduate Work in:
~Histories of American slavery
~Slave narratives
~Nineteenth- and twentieth-century African-American fiction and non-fiction
~(White) women’s writings

Areas of Specialization/Interest

Literary and rhetorical theory

Writing the self in early American literature

Histories of literacy in America, especially in African-American communities in the nineteenth century

Urbanization and the urban university in conversation with composition studies

Digital literacy and its impact on teachers and students of composition

Representations of race, gender, and class in popular culture


“Imperial Plastic, Republican Fiber: Speculating on the Post-Colonial Other,” published book chapter, in Finding the Force in the Star Wars Franchise, eds. Matthew Kapell and John Shelton Lawrence (Peter Lang, 2006): 175-83.

“The Origins and Development of an Oral and Written Literature among Slaves and Freedmen through 1829,” published entry, in Encyclopedia of the New Nation, ed. Paul Finkelman (Oxford UP, 2005).

“Slave Narratives” and “Detroit: The Gateway to Freedom,” published entries, in Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period through the Age of Frederick Douglass, 1619-1895, eds. Paul Finkelman and Diane Barnes (Oxford UP, 2005).

“Visions of Hope, Freedom of Choice, and the Alleviation of Social Misery: A Pragmatic Reading of The Matrix,” co-written with Matthew Kapell, published book chapter, in Jacking In To the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation, eds. William G. Doty and Matthew Kapell (Continuum, 2004): 125-40. 

Courses I Teach

Eng. 112 Critical Reading & Writing