Originally from Houston, Texas, Dr. Koritha Mitchell is currently an Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Composition from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and her book: Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890à¢â‚¬“1930 was published in 2011 by the University of Illinois Press. This ground-breaking study won book awards from the American Theatre & Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

Dr. Mitchell has given lectures at the Library of Congress, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum as well as Columbia University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Kenyon College, Bates College, and many others. Dr. Mitchell’s work has appeared in publications such as ColorLines, The Feminist Wire, American Quarterly, Callaloo, The Journal of American History, and Theatre Journal. She regularly offers media commentary with an investment in progressive politics that empowers women, people of color, and LGBT communities. On Twitter, she’s @ProfKori.