Beth McCoy

Distinguished Teaching Professor of English
Welles 232A
585-245-5299
mccoy@geneseo.edu

Beth McCoy received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and became a member of the SUNY Geneseo faculty in 1997. Her research centers on afro-futurism, black speculative fiction, and race and the book as an object. She also thoroughly enjoys the work of artist Steve Prince. She frequently teaches Literature, Racism, and Medicine, as well as courses centered around the works of Octavia Butler. McCoy received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. She has published numerous essays, with forthcoming essays to be published in the collections African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture, Reckonings: Essays on American Revenge Narratives, and Cultivating Landscapes of Democracy.

Dr. Beth McCoy is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English and teaches courses on the housing crisis, African American migration narrative, and W.E.B. DuBois, to name just a few.  She began her work by studying the literature of the Harlem/New Negro Renaissance and has since shifted to the intersections of literary/cultural studies with race and theory.  Currently completing an essay on the vévé of vodoun and the New Orleans' FEMA search and rescue signs, McCoy also continues work on a book on race and the paratext, a word describing marginal parts of books such as titles, footnotes, covers, and dedications.

Currently, McCoy serves as a member of the Curricular Design Working Group for SUNY Geneseo.

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware

Classes

  • ENGL 101: Top-Lit:Lit, Medicine & Racism

    A course exploring a particular topic involving specific themes, issues, authors, literary forms, or media types. Subtitles of "Topics in Literature" help students develop fundamental skills for critical reading and effective writing. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.)

  • ENGL 203: R&T:PercivalEverttIntertextual

    An introduction to the discipline of English through the study of particular topics, issues, genres, or authors. Subtitles of "Reader and Text" help students develop a working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating texts to contexts; understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.