Anna Mae Duane is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses on American Studies, African American literature, and on disability studies.
She is the author of Suffering Childhood in Early America: Violence, Race, and the Making of the Child Victim (University of Georgia Press, 2010). Her other publications include contributions to the Cambridge History of the American Novel (2011), an article in the Norton edition of Charlotte Temple (2010) and an article in American Literature (Sept 2010). She has received an NEH fellowship, and NEH Enduring Questions grant and a Fulbright fellowship. She is the editor of The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities and is the co-editor of Hope is the First Great Blessing: Leaves from the New York African Free School (New-York Historical Society, 2008). She is currently working on two forthcoming edited volumes: Childhood Slavery Before and After Emancipation (Cambridge 2016) and, co-edited with Kate Capshaw, African American Literature before 1900 (UMinnesota 2016). She is currently working on a book that analyzes the intertwined discourses of African colonization and education by tracing the careers of the alumni of the New York African Free School as they became the first generation of African American doctors, actors, and abolitionists.