Cord J. Whitaker

Cord J. Whitaker is Associate Professor of English at Wellesley College. Having published widely on medieval literature, the history of race, and today’s white supremacist movements, he is the author of Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). Whitaker’s work has appeared in venues such as Politico and National Public Radio’s 1A. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University; has received awards and fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among other organizations. Whitaker blogs, together with his students, at, is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Spoke: the blog of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and is one of the lead bloggers at the popular medieval studies blog In the Middle. Whitaker is currently writing a book on how the literature and culture of the European Middle Ages was received and strategically deployed by Black U.S. American writers in the Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century.