Michele Elam is a Professor of English, the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, an Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and the Director of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford. Elam is the author of The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium (2011), Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930 (2003), and Editor of the Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (2015), among her many other publications. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary Critical Mixed Race Studies Reader. Elam has served as Director of the Program in African & African American Studies (2007-10), Director of Curriculum in the Department of English (2011-13) and Director of Undergraduate Studies (2006-8). Chair of the Executive Committee for the Black Literatures & Culture Division of the Modern Language Association (2009-13), and Advisory Committee for the American Literature Society at MLA, she is a founding member of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association and Advisor for the Mixed Race Initiative, 100 universities worldwide joined in a multi-institution synchronous teaching program centered around the Asian American Literary Review, Special Issue on Mixed Race (2013).
Elam is thrice the recipient of the "St. Clair Drake Outstanding Teaching Award" (2004, 2006, 2015) and the "Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Students as a Teacher, Advisor and Mentor" from the Program in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (2013).