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Jeff Allred


Associate Prof. of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Hunter College; Associate Prof. of Digital Humanities at the GC.

I am Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, where I have taught since 2005. Since 2018 I have taught in the M.A. Program in Digital Humanities at the Graduate Center. I am author of American Modernism and Depression Documentary (Oxford UP, 2010) and have published articles and reviews on American literature, modernism, digital humanities, and new media studies in American Literature, American Literary History, Criticism, Arizona Quarterly, and Transformations.

Academic Interests

Literary modernism
American studies 
Documentary in literature and film
Digital Humanities


Associate Professor, Digital Humanities M.A., CUNY Graduate Center
Associate Professor, English, Hunter College


Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania (2005)

B.A., magna cum laude, American Studies, Williams College (1995)



American Modernism and Depression Documentary. Oxford University Press, 2010.  Paperback edition, 2012.

Book Chapters

“White Noise/Black Codes: Inscription and Representation in The Unvanquished.” Watson, Jay, and James G. Thomas, Jr., eds. Faulkner’s Families, University Press of Mississippi, 2023.

“Documentary Work,” American Literature in Transition, 1930-1940, Ichiro Takayoshi ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
“Visual Cultures of Modernism,” Cambridge Companion to the American Modernist Novel, ed. Joshua Miller (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Peer-Reviewed Essays

“Novel Hacks: New Approaches to Teaching the Novel Genre,” Transformations: The Journal for Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 24:1&2 (Winter, 2014).

“Boring from Within: James Agee and Walker Evans at Time Inc.,” Criticism: A Quarterly for the Arts 52:1 (Winter, 2010).

“From Eye to We: Richard Wright’s 12 Million Black Voices, Documentary, and Pedagogy,” American Literature 78:3 (September, 2006).

“The Needle and the Damage Done: John Avery Lomax and the Guises of Collecting,” Arizona Quarterly 58:3 (Autumn, 2002).


“Darkness on the Edge: Revisionary Black Radicalism in the Depression Era.” American Literature, vol. 94, no. 3, 2022, pp. 573–84.,

“Situating Normal: Questions of Centrality in American Studies.” American Literary History, vol. 25, no. 2, Apr. 2013, pp. 441–54.,