Danielle Christmas is Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Endowed Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches a variety of courses, including “Slavery and the Holocaust in American Fiction & Film,” “America’s Strange Fruit: Lynching in Literature & Culture,” and “The God(s) of Slavery: Religious Experience in Early African American Literature.” Her current manuscript, “Auschwitz & the Plantation: Labor, Sex, and Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction,” concerns cultural production that suggests stories about slavery and the Holocaust are constitutive of and reliant on the same core narrative, and explores the sociopolitical implications of this popular trend. Danielle has recently begun work on a second book project that analyzes masculinity and heritage politics in white nationalist literature. 



Students in my English course, “The God(s) of Slavery: Religious Experience in Early African-American Literature,” were asked to inhabit the character of a nineteenth-century preacher and deliver an original sermon on the subject of slavery. They were randomly assigned different roles, ranging from a white slaveholder speaking to fellow whites, a former slave preaching to an abolitionist audience, an enslaved preacher edifying her plantation companions, and everything in between.

Seven of my students were gracious enough to allow me to post videos of their sermons to YouTube. Please check them out; they’re informative and hugely entertaining!



“Dystopia & Darkies: The Alt-Right and the Sentimental Novel,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting & Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, January 2019

“From Africa to Auschwitz: Racism, Capitalism, & William Styron,” Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Ohio State University, November 2018

“What Does White Nationalist Fiction Have to Do with Peacebuilding?,” Peacebuilding in America: Building a National Architecture for Prevention, School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University, May 2018

“White Nationalism and the Sentimental Novel,” Catholic Faculty Colloquium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2018

“Masculinity & Sentimentality in Alt-Right Fiction,” Faculty Colloquium, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 2018

“Ethics in Fiction: In Conversation with Sam Graham-Felsen,” Parr Center for Ethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 2018

Panelist, “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory, and Free Speech,” Carolina Public Humanities and Chapel Hill Public Library, North Carolina, August 2017 (Find 8 min. video here: https://youtu.be/T3vWP0Vp80s)