Dr. James Wilson joined the English department at LaGuardia in 2000 and was appointed to the doctoral faculty in the Theatre Ph.D. Program at CUNY Graduate Center in Spring 2009. He teaches a range of courses, including basic writing, college composition, drama, and African American literature. As deputy chair of the English Department at LaGuardia, he is responsible for hiring and mentoring adjunct faculty and working closely with the chair in creating the schedule of English classes each semester. Other administrative functions include co-directing the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) program, which centers around a series of faculty development workshops for integrating writing into courses taught across the college, and advising graduate students in professional advancement.
Dr. Wilson received his BA in English from SUNY Fredonia; his MA in English from SUNY Albany; and his Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from CUNY Graduate Center. His articles have appeared in Urban Education, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and Theatre History Studies. His essay, "Ladies and Gentlemen, People Die: The Uncomfortable Performances of Kiki and Herb," appeared in an anthology of lesbian and gay theatre and performances in Fall 2008. Dr. Wilson is co-editor of The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, which is published by the Martin E. Segal Center (CUNY Graduate Center).His book, Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Race, Performance, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance, was published by the University of Michigan Press in June 2010.