Erin Mae Clark Ph.D.

Erin Mae Clark, Ph.D.

English and World Languages - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM403    |    Campus Box: #1411
(507) 457-6643   |   eclark@smumn.edu

Expertise: Multiethnic literatures of the United States, Holocaust literature, and trauma theory


Dr. Erin Mae Clark received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Washington State University in Pullman, WA, with a concentration in multiethnic literatures of the United States, Holocaust literature, and trauma theory. Dr. Clark’s research centers on the limitations of the written word to convey historical trauma, in particular the traumas of slavery, lynching, and genocide. Her current project examines the work of Langston Hughes written while the author was traveling around the Soviet Union in the 1930s, and seeks to situate his work in the context of intersectional justice between Jewish life under communist rule and the Jim Crow South. Dr. Clark teaches a wide variety of classes at Saint Mary’s, including courses on the graphic novel, African American literature, and digital rhetoric.
  • Saint Mary’s faculty panel to discuss ‘The Cross and the Lynching Tree’
    Saint Mary’s University News | online
    Jan 8, 2018

    Saint Mary’s University faculty and students will discuss James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis, 2013) from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22. The event will take place in Salvi Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall.

  • NDSU to host English graduate student conference
    NDSU News | online
    Mar 27, 2015

    NDSU's English Graduate Organization is set to host the Red River Graduate Student Conference, "The Field in Motion: Past, Present and Future of English Studies," scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, in the Memorial Union. It is the 12th time the event has been held on the NDSU campus.

  • The Field in Motion: Past, Present and Future of English Studies
    'Fine Clothes to the Jew': Langston Hughes and the Holocaust
    Mar 27, 2015 | Red River Graduate Student Conference