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.