Maurice Wallace lived and worked in Charlottesville for 5 years. He arrived to the area with his wife, Pam, and their two daughters, Sage and Amaya, from North Carolina where he lived, worked and served in Raleigh-Durham for fifteen years. Maurice is currently an associate professor of English at Rutgers University.
His fields of expertise include African American literature and cultural studies, nineteenth-century American literature, the history and representation of American slavery, and gender studies. He is the author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, a book on the history of black manhood in African American letters and culture, and is co-editor with Shawn Michelle Smith of a volume of scholarly articles on early photography and African American identity entitled Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African-American Identity. His current research and writing agendas include a monograph on the religious life and leanings of Frederick Douglass, and a critical meditation on the sound of Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice.
Bi-vocational for the greater part of his professional life, Maurice also has many years pastoral experience. He has served as senior pastor of two congregations in North Carolina. Golf, banana pudding, and marathons of Law and Order are his guilty pleasures.