Dr. Brian Dolinar is a scholar of African American literature and culture from the Depression era. He is the author of The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) and editor of The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers (University of Illinois Press, 2013). He completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University in 2005. He has taught history and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His writings have appeared in African American Review, Langston Hughes Review, American Communist History, Southern Quarterly, and Studies in American Humor. He is currently working with a team of scholars on an NEH project, “Social Origins of Chicago’s New Negro Artists and Intellectuals, 1890-1930.”
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