Tess Chakkalakal

Affiliation: Africana Studies, English
Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English

Tess Chakkalakal [pronounced “Chah-KAHL-ickle”] has published widely on nineteenth-century African American and American literature. She is the author of Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (Illinois, 2011) which earned the Robert K. Martin Prize for best book on American literature and "a must read" title by Choice.  She is co-editor of Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (Georgia, 2013).  Professor Chakkalakal has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Duke University, Emory University, and the Mellon Foundation. Before coming to Bowdoin in 2008, Professor Chakkalakal taught at Williams College and Bowling Green State University.

Curriculum Vitae

Tess Chakkalakal

Education

  • PhD, York University
  • MA, York University
  • BA, University of Toronto