- African American and African Diaspora Literature
- American Literature and Culture
- Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Transnational Literatures
- American Studies in the Middle East and North Africa
- African American Anticolonialism
- Islamic Diasporas
- Transatlantic Studies
Honors and Awards:
- Publication Support Grant, Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities, Texas A&M University. 2015
- Travel Grant, John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. 2012
- Yasuo Sakakibara Prize of the American Studies Association. 2011
- Fulbright US Scholar (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State. 2005-2006
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Africana Studies and American Studies, University of Miami. 2003-2005
- Melvin Dixon Prize for the Best Dissertation in African American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY. 2003
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) by Frederick Douglass. Penguin Classics, 2014. Edited volume with introduction, bibliography, and apparatus by Ira Dworkin.
In addition to Douglass’s classic autobiography, this new edition also includes an original introduction by Dworkin and Douglass’s most famous speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and his only known work of fiction, The Heroic Slave, which was written, in part, as a response to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The Other Americas. A Special Issue of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (Number 31). 2011. Co-edited by Ira Dworkin and Ferial Ghazoul.
This issue of Alif focuses on critical understandings of America beyond its frequent equation with the physical borders of the United States of America and the ideological jurisdiction of its official state. Critically exploring issues of transnationalism, globalization, ethnic pluralism, and cultural cross-fertilization, “The Other Americas” disavows narrow traditions of American exceptionalism and develops a conversation about the less visible “Americas” in the domestic and global senses, considering less well-known-but no less central-cultural productions within the borders of the U.S. and beyond them.
Daughter of the Revolution: The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline E. Hopkins. Rutgers University Press, 2007. Edited and annotated volume with introduction by Ira Dworkin.
Pauline E. Hopkins came to prominence in the early years of the 20th century as an outspoken writer, editor, and critic. This work brings together many of her essays, including non-fiction works such as ‘Famous Men of the Negro Race’, ‘Famous Women of the Negro Race’, ‘The Dark Races of the Twentieth Century’, and more.
- [Congo Love Song: African Americans Confront the Colonial State. Forthcoming. University of North Carolina Press. John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. Spring 2017 ]
- On Demand and Relevance: Transnational American Studies in the Middle East and North Africa. Co-guest editor with Ebony Coletu of special journal issue of Comparative American Studies 13. 4 (Winter 2015).
- “Mapping African American Literature and Human Rights.” Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies. Edited by Alexandra Schultheis Moore and Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg. Modern Language Association (Options for Teaching series), 86-95. 2015
- “On the Borders of Race, Mission, and State: African Americans and the American Presbyterian Congo Mission.” Borderlands and Frontiers in Africa. Edited by Steven van Wolputte. LIT Verlag Berlin, 183-212. 2013
- “‘Near the Congo’: Langston Hughes and the Geopolitics of Internationalist Poetry.” American Literary History 24.4 (Winter 2012): 631-657. Reprint in: Langston Hughes, New Edition. Edited by Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2014.
- “‘In the Country of My Forefathers’: Pauline E. Hopkins, William H. Sheppard, Lucy Gantt Sheppard, and African American Routes.” Atlantic Studies 5.1 (April 2008): 101-120.