J. Ken Stuckey

  • Senior Lecturer, English and Media Studies
  • Ph.D. Cornell University
  • MA Cornell University
  • MA Wake Forest University
  • BA Wake Forest University

Teaching Interests

Teaching and research interests include African American literature, American cinema, and American popular culture.

Research Interests

African American literature American cinema Popular culture

Bio

Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2003. Dissertation title: "The Face of the Deep: African American Intellectuals and Alienation."

Professional Memberships

  • August Wilson Society 2019 - Present
  • Popular Culture Association 2013 - Present
  • Space Between Society, McGill University 2016 - 2017
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2013, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2008, Bentley Innovation in Teaching Award
  • 2006, Bentley Innovation in Teaching Award
  • 2003, Mellon Fellowship
  • 2001, Anonymous Donor Fellowship
  • 2001, Martin Sampson Teaching Award
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Stuckey, J. K. (2015). "Make Me Over, or Ripley at Midnight". Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. (Link)

    Book Reviews


  • Stuckey, J. K. (2021). [Review of the book Rev. of Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence ]. African American Review, (54) 3
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2020). [Review of the book Nakedness Has No Color (Rev. of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own) ]. Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, (27) 6
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2017). [Review of the book Studio 54 ]. Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. January 2018Boston: (Link)

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Stuckey, J. K. (2010). "When Literature Is Evangelical: Pedagogies of Passion" Center for the Improvement of Teaching, (Teaching for Transformation)

  • Other(s)


  • Stuckey, J. K. (). The Face of the Deep: African American Intellectuals and Alienation.
  • Presentations

  • Stuckey, J. K. (2021). “40 Acres and a Tax Incentive: Race, Class, and Gentrification in Do the Right Thing"” Presented at the Valente Center Era of Black Activism Bentley University
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2021). “Bedford Avenue and Beyond: The Conceptual Landscape of August Wilson” Presented at the ALA American Literature Association Annual Conference Boston
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2021). “Freaks and Meeks: Gender Politics in the Films of 2007” Presented at thePopular Culture Association National Conference virtual
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2021). “James Baldwin: From Harlem to Hollywood”
  • Andrews, B. J., Choi, S., Eijmberts, J. P., Ledley, F. D., Cleary, E., Thomas, S., Schwarzkopf, D. L., Stuckey, J. K., Davi, W., DeLeo, R., Moriarty, J., Gainsborough, J. F., Gentry, W., , C. R. (2020). “How Taxes Shape Lives” Presented at the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences Convener, Bentley Humanities Seminar Bentley University
  • Stuckey, J. K., Davi, W. (2020). “The Poverty Tax: Using the Neo-western to Critique Social Injustice” Presented at the Valente Center Humanities Seminar Bentley
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2019). “The Resonance of August Wilson: The Hammer Keeps a Ringing” Presented at theAmerican Literature Association Boston, MA
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2019). “Where and When I Labor: The Black Worker in the Collages of Romare Bearden” Presented at the PCA Popular Culture Association National Conference Washington DC
  • Pennel, R., Abbott, T., Stuckey, K., Siomopoulos, A., LeDoux, E., Medden, S. (2019). “Teaching Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Workshop”
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2018). ““Wakanda Wisdom: African American History and Culture for the 21st Century”” Presented at the August Wilson Society August Wilson Society Colloquium Pittsburgh
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2018). “"I Go Forth Alone: Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit"” Presented at the ACLA American Comparative Literature Association UCLA
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2017). “Falling Up: Broken Marriages and Soul-Killing Corporations in American Film ” Presented at thePopular Culture Association San Diego
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2016). “Sentimental Value: Myopic Pragmatism in the the Works of August Wilson and Toni Morrison” Presented at the ALA American Literature Association National Conference San Francisco
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2016). “Glancing Blows: The Violent Black Gaze in the Social Protest Novel” Presented at the McGill University Under Surveillance in the Space Between Conference Montreal
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2015). “"Selma"” Presented at the Bentley University Campus Dialogue on Race
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2014). “Rock and Roll: Groundhog Day, Office Space, and the Sisyphean Myth” Presented at the PCA/ACA Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference Chicago
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2013). ““Fight the Power”: Black Bureaucrats in Procedural Dramas” Presented at the PCA/ACA Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference Washington DC
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2010). “"When Literature Is Evangelical: Pedagogies of Passion"” Presented at the Center for the Improvement of Teaching Teaching for Transformation University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2008). “"You Complete Me": Training Day, Collateral, and the Masculine Ideal” Presented at theNEMLA Boston
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2007). “"Wrath and Tears": Religion and Rebuke in African American Memoir” Presented at theNational Association of African American Studies Baton Rouge, LA
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2007). “The New Cassandras: Women Psychics and Seers in Television Drama” Presented at thePopular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference Boston
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2007). “Not Gaye: Luther Vandross and the Masculinity of the Crooner” Presented at theRocky Mountain Modern Language Association Calgary, AB
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2006). “Not Gaye: Luther Vandross and the Masculinity of the Crooner” Presented at theACA/PCA Joint Conference Atlanta, Georgia
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2005). “De-liberating Disguises: Emasculating Isolation in Deliverance and The Shining” Presented at theACA/PCA Joint Meeting San Diego, CA
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2004). “How to Teach Literature Well at a Business University” Presented at theBrown-bag discussion Bentley College
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2001). “Frederick Douglass and Richard Wright: Narrative and the Crisis of Identity” Presented at theMetaphysics of the Image Conference Fordham University
  • Stuckey, J. K. (2000). “15 Minutes and Counting: Revision, Spectatorship and the Weapon of Identity in The Talented Mr. Ripley” Presented at theEnvisioning Revisions Conference CUNY
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Strategic Planning Committee 2018 - Present
  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Committee 2016 - Present
  • Task Force Member for EXP 101 Teaching Resilience Group - 2020
  • Committee Member for Search Committee 2019 - 2019
  • Class visit report for Evaluation Committee 2018 - 2018
  • Class visit report for Jacob Oliver for Evaluation Committee - 2017
  • Committee Member for Search Committee 2016 - 2017
  • Class Visitor for Evaluation Committee - 2016
  • Committee Member for Literature and Film Committee 2011 - 2015
  • Class Visitor for Evaluation Committee - 2014
  • Committee Member for Media and Culture 2008 - 2014
  • Other for Search Committee, Lecturer lines 2014 - 2014
  • Class Visitor for Evaluation Committee 2013 - 2013
  • University Service


  • Task Force Member for Transfer Friendliness Advisory Group 2021 - 2021
  • Task Force Member for Lecturer Task Force 2020 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Teaching and Scholarly Activities Committee 2018 - 2020
  • Professional Service


  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for August Wilson Society 2018 - Present
  • Editor (Associate), Journal for August Wilson Journal 2018 - Present