Dr. Tracey L. Walters is Associate Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature. Dr. Walters works in the areas of African diasporic literature and culture, African American Women’s literature, and Black British literature. She has published a number of articles on the subject of African Diasporic women’s literature and two books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (Palgrave 2007) and edited the collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (Peter Lang 2008). Walters is currently completing a manuscript on the misrepresentation of domestic workers in mainstream media. In Fall 2013. She is especially interested in racial inequality, immigrant’s rights (specifically the rights of domestic/childcare laborers), and feminist theory. In 2016, Dr. Walters established a community outreach program between the department of Africana Studies and students from the Tri Community Youth center of Huntingdon. She also works as a mentor for Stony Brook’s Student African American Sisterhood mentoring program and serves as an advisor for numerous student groups including the Black Student Union and the Sisters of the Yam student support group. In 2013 and 2017, she received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Stony Brook University chapter of the NAACP.