Michael Hill teaches and writes about post-1930 African American literature and culture, and researches artists as disparate as Margaret Walker and Kendrick Lamar. With particular interests in the transition from segregation to integration, he analyzes how ideas like merit, adolescence, and style show the difficulties of black participation in American democracy. He has received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Harvard University, a Diversity Catalyst Award from the University of Iowa, and the Nick Aaron Ford-Waters Edward Turpin Symposium on African American Literature Award. He is president of the African American Council, co-chair of the Charter Diversity Committee, chair of the MA in Literary Studies Exam Committee in English, and director of Undergraduate Studies in African American Studies.
His publications include The Ethics of Swagger: Prizewinning African American Novels, 1977-1993. In addition, he has co-edited the recent book Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era and co-authored Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: A Reference Guide. After earning a BA summa cum laude from Howard University, Hill earned an MA and PhD in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.