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Ernest Julius Mitchell

African American Studies, with a primary field in Comparative Literature

Ernest Julius Mitchell studies transatlantic modernism, focusing on the racial and religious dimensions of intellectual life between the world wars.

Drawing on the methods of comparative literature, he analyzes writings from the black Atlantic and continental Europe. His recent projects have investigated Zora Neale Hurston's epistemology of possession, the concept of language in Heidegger's Sein und Zeit, and the intellectual history of the term "Harlem Renaissance." He is currently examining the interplay of ethnicity and philosophy in the critical writings of Alain Locke and Walter Benjamin.

A native of Washington, DC, Mitchell graduated from Princeton University in 2006 (A.B. Religion). He subsequently completed a master's degree at Harvard Divinity School in 2009 (MTS, Philosophy of Religion). An avid singer, he has performed an eclectic range of music ranging from Josquin des Prez to John Legend. 

Email: ejmitch@fas.harvard.edu