Danielle Heard, Ph.D.

Danielle Heard, Ph.D.

Danielle Heard

Position Title
Assistant Professor

  • English
263 Voorhies Hall


Ph.D., Cornell University (2010)

M.A., Cornell University (2006)

B.A., Wesleyan University (2002)

Danielle Heard Mollel joined the UC Davis faculty in 2009.  Her research and teaching interests include African American literature and culture with a focus on black cultural theory and studies of political and cultural identity, as well as American, U.S. ethnic, transpacific literatures and cultures, feminism, performance studies, cultural studies, humor studies, disability studies, sonic and visual culture, Buddhism and eastern spirituality.  She is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Mavericks of Masquerade: Comic Strategies of Post-Blackness and beginning a new project, No Justice...Peace: Black Feminist Literature and Eastern Spirituality.


“From Dirty South to Potty Mouth: Cee Lo Green’s Black Camp Freedom Project, Or, the Profaning of an Utterly Profane Form,” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Special issue, “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship,” Vol. 24, No. 1 (2014)

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood": Nina Simone's Theater of Invisibility," Callaloo, Vol. 35, No. 4 (2012)

"Baldwin's Humor," The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin, ed. Michele Elam (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014)

"Comedy," Oxford African American Studies Center. http://www.oxfordaasc.com.

 “‘Assassinate the Nigger Ape:’ Obama, Implicit Imagery, and the Dire Consequences of

Racist Jokes,” with Gregory S. Parks, The Rutgers Race & the Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 2
(2010) Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, 2008.

“‘My Head is Bloody, But Unbowed:’ Making meaning of ‘If’ and ‘Invictus’ for Black Greek Life,” with Rashawn Ray and Ted Ingram in African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision (Tamara L. Brown et al. eds., Univ. Press KY 2d. ed. 2012)

“Miscegenation,” “Humor and Comic Traditions,” and “D.W. Griffith.” Articles in The Jim Crow

Honors and Awards:

  • UC Davis Hellman Fellow (2014-15)
  • Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow (2014-15)
  • Faculty Development Award (2014)
  • First Book Institute Participant, Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University (2013)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, Stanford University (2009-2011)
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute for African & African American Studies, UVA, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined)
  • Ford Foundation, Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship (2005-2008)
  • Future of Minority Studies Summer Institute, Fellow (2006)
  • Cornell University, Sage Fellowship (2003, 2009)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2002)