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Andrea Stone

Associate Professor of English Language & Literature

Andrea Stone


Seelye Hall 405


Andrea Stone teaches literatures of the African diaspora from the 18th century to the present with a particular focus on the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Her specific teaching interests relate to African diasporic authors’ figurations of health, illness and law, as well as the development of early African American and African Canadian print culture. She also serves on the executive committee of the Program in American Studies, as well as the advisory boards of the archives and book studies concentrations at Smith. Stone is a member of The Celia Project, A Research Collaboration on the History of Slavery and Sexual Violence.

Stone’s book Black Well‐Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature(University Press of Florida, June 2016) analyzes North American and Caribbean black writers’ emphasis on medicine, healthcare and law in emigration writings, slave narratives and fiction. From the classical healthy mind‐in‐body ideal to the disabled physique, their portrayals of black physicality offer a striking range of strategic approaches to creating a 19th‐century politics of well‐being, one independent of medically and legally informed systems of subjugation. Black Well-Being won the Canadian Association for American Studies Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book published in 2016.

Her next book project is provisionally titled Black Prison Intellectuals: The Criminal and Enemy in America. She has presented her research in the United States, Canada, England, France and Poland.

Selected Publications


Black Well‐Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature. University Press of Florida, June 2016.(Robert K. Martin Best Book Prize, Canadian Association for American Studies).

American Spelling, Story in Verse. Hedgerow Books, April 2016.

Tibetan for Bada Bing. Poetry chapbook with Michael Thurston. 2011.


"Lunacy and Liberation: Black Crime, Disability, and the Production and Eradication of the Early National Enemy—The Dying Confession of Pomp (1795)." Early American Literature, special issue on disability. Spring 2017. (11,000 words)

"The Black Atlantic Revisited, The Body Reconsidered: On Lingering, Liminality, Lies, and Disability." American Literary History, winter 2012. (5,000 words)

"On Mercy and Monsters: Law, Faith, and the Value of Vulnerability." Law, Culture, and the Humanities. April 2011. (5,000 words)

"Interracial Sexual Abuse and Legal Subjectivity in Antebellum Law and Literature" American Literature, Special Issue on Antebellum Literature, March 2009. (11,000 words)

"Internalized Racism: Physiology and Abjection in Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field," Canadian Literature, Summer 2007. (7,000 words)

Office Hours

Spring 2024

Thursday 1:30-2:30 p.m. via Zoom
and by appointment


Ph.D., M.A., B.Ed., University of Toronto
B.A. (Hons.), University of Western Ontario (Gold Medal Award)

Personal website

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks