Dr. Chesya Burke is an Asst. Professor of English and U.S. Literatures. Having written and published over a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, comics and horror, her academic research focuses primarily on the intersections of race, gender and genre. Her primary areas of study are in African American literature, race and gender studies, comics and speculative fiction. Chesya received her Master’s degree in African American Studies from Georgia State University and her PhD at University of Florida. In addition, she wrote several articles for the African American National Biography published by Harvard and Oxford University Press and she is currently working on her standalone comic. Burke is the Co-Chair of Wiscon’s Anti-Abuse Team, which is a national science fiction, feminist conference, and her story collection, Let’s Play White, is being taught in universities around the world. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison, and Samuel Delany called her “a formidable new master of the macabre.” Chesya’s novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa has garnered critical acclaim by writers such as Tananarive Due and Kiese Laymon.
In her spare time, Chesya likes to take selfies, twerk, and write critical critiques on The Walking Dead, True Blood and race, class and gender issues.