Eleanor J. Blount, an assistant professor at Tuskegee University in Alabama, has been awarded a faculty residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grants allow a faculty members at a Black college or university to spend a semester away from their home institution to pursue a scholarly project. Blount will spend the fall semester studying the Alice Walker papers at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.
Dr. Blount is conducting research on the effects of racism and sexism on African American women writers. She hopes to provide new insights into the difficulties Black women novelists faced in expressing their voices.
Dr. Blount is a graduate of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. She earned a master’s degree at Kennesaw State University and a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Georgia.