Furaha Norton

Furaha D Norton , PhD Cornell University 2002

Assistant Professor

Professional Summary

Furaha Norton specializes in twentieth century African American literature and how black writers define and represent the self in the context of contemporary affect theory, postcolonial theory, and moral theory. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and has written on Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara, George Eliot, and Eavan Boland, among others. Before returning to academia in the Spring of 2010, Dr. Norton worked for nearly a decade as an editor at Oxford University Press, Vintage/Anchor Books, and The New Press. While at Oxford Dr. Norton assisted in the publication of many acclaimed works of history, including three New York Times bestsellers and a Pulitzer Prize winner, and she acquired two award-winning books, Scott Nelson's Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend (2006) and Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2007).


PhD : Cornell University 2002

MA: Cornell University 1997

AB with honors: University of Chicago 1993

Research Support

Grant: #URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16 Investigators:Norton, Furaha 05-01-2016 -04-30-2017 UC's University Research Council The Uses of Realism in the Postmodern Literary World: Reading Toni Morrison After George Eliot Role:PI $6,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Abbreviated Publications

Encyclopedia Article

"Toni Morrison."" The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.


"Introduction."" Visions of Utopia by Edward Rothstein, Herbert Muschamp, and Martin E. Marty.. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Honors and Awards

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship


Taft Executive Board Member

(Hatfield-Westheimer Graduate Short Story Prize Committee ) Committee Member 2011

Hopton Undergraduate Short Story Prize Committee Committee Member 2012

Professional Affiliation

Director, Mercantile Library of Cincinnati