Horror Blackademics: Dr. Maisha Wester
Considering just a few of the courses she has taught, I am infected with inspiration:
Film and Literature Reading and Watching Horror
Monstrous 'Others': The Nature and Face of Terror in American Gothic Fiction
Black Horror Fiction and the Nightmare of Race
The Horrors of Blackness: African Americans Revising the Gothic
Contemporary Vampires: Metaphors of Oppression in 21st Century America
The Horrors of Race: Race and Class in American Horror Film
Additionally, Dr. Wester is the author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places. Wester argues that the "African American Gothic reveals the myriad ways African American writers manipulate the gothic genre to critique traditional racial ideologies" and "serves as a useful vehicle for the enunciation of the peculiar terrors and complexities of black existence in America."
Sharon Chandler (@SharonDeniseAmy) on Twitter notes that as a former student of Dr. Wester's, she "really makes you think about the Africanist presence is used in horror." Further, "she introduced me to the idea that Birth of A Nation, the original silent film, is actually a horror film," noting that the context of horror from the perspective of African Americans is much more expansive than the demonstrated mainstream fare via the Hollywood popular imagination.
Dr. Wester's Resume/CV