African American literature; Black Arts Movement; Afrofuturism; Black Popular Culture; Hip Hop Studies; Digital Humanities; Africana Digital Humanities; Black Women Writers


Casarae Abdul-Ghani is a New Jersey resident with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in English from Johnson C. Smith University and her Masters and PhD also in English from Purdue University. Her forthcoming book Start A Riot! Civil Unrest in Black Arts Movement Drama, Fiction, and Poetry (UP Mississippi 2022) examines riot-iconography in the fictive works of Amiri Baraka, Ben Caldwell, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, and Henry Dumas. Other works by Abdul-Ghani can be found in peer-reviewed journals Black Camera: An International Film JournalMidwest Quarterly, and Modern Language Studies.  Abdul-Ghani’s other interests include the Digital Humanities where she recently completed a faculty fellowship with the Lender Center for Social Justice exploring viral social media hashtags and its impact on reparative justice initiatives. Her teaching responsibilities and research interests at Temple University include African American Literature and Cultural Studies with a particular focus on the Black Arts Movement, Black Women Writers, and popular culture.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Start A Riot: Civil Unrest in Black Arts Movement Drama, Fiction, and Poetry(forthcoming, UP of Mississippi 2022) 
  • BAM! Chicago and the Black Arts Movement co-edited with Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan (under contract, Northwestern University) 
  • Abdul-Ghani, Casarae Lavada, “The Politics of Revolt in Ann Petry’s In Darkness and Confusion.” “Language of the Unheard”: Riot in American Literature and Culture, edited by Susan Gilmore, Lexington Books (Forthcoming).
  • Gibson, Casarae L. “Black Lives Matter in Henry Dumas’ “Riot or Revolt?” Modern Language Studies, vol. 48, no. 2, 2019, pp.38-54. Special Issue: “Riot on the American Cultural Stage.”
  • Gibson, Casarae L. “Social Media in Teaching Contemporary African American Protest Literature.” The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, vol. 59, no.4, 2018, pp.386-409.
  • Gibson, Casarae L. “Fight the Power:” Hip Hop and Civil Unrest in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.” Black Camera: An International Film Journal, vol. 8, no. 2, 2017, pp. 183-207. Close-Up: “Hip Hop Cinema.”
  • Gibson, Casarae and Venetria K. Patton. “Teaching Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight through a Critical Race Theory Lens.” The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice 6.1 (2012): 69-83. Print.
  • “John Edgar Wideman,” “Henry Dumas,” “Dorothy Height,” “Russell Simmons,” "Anna Deavere Smith,” and “Aaliyah” for Great Lives from History: African Americans, edited by Carl L. Bankston III for Salem Press, 2011.

Courses Taught

Temple University 

  • Interpreting Literature 
  • Harlem Renaissance 

Peer Institutions 

  • Introduction to African American Studies 
  • African American Literature 20th and 21st Centuries 
  • Protest Movements in African American Art and Literature 
  • African American Popular Culture 
  • Harlem Renaissance: Literature and Ideology 
  • Arts, Cultures, and Literatures of the Pan-African World