Gena Chandler-Smith

Gena Chandler-Smith

Gena Chandler-Smith

Associate Professor


213 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-7796


Department Membership


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  • 19th and 20th century African American Literature
  • African American poetry
  • Postcolonial Literature

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies (2015-2016)
  • Member, Literature and Language Committee, Department of English
  • Member, Undergraduate Committee, Department of English


  • Ph.D. 2004, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • MA, 1999, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • BA, 1996, English, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Research Interests


    Awards & Honors

    • Virginia Tech Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2015
    • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Carroll B. Shannon Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
    • Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, 2007

    Selected Publications


    • Chandler, Gena. “Mindfulness and Meaning in Charles Johnson’s Dr. King’s Refrigerator.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Austin: U of Texas P, 2013: 328-347.
    • Chandler, Gena. “Dreaming and Waking in Wonderland: Faith and the Good Thing and Charles Johnson’s Fairy Tale Fictions.” New Essays on the African American Novel: From Hurston and Ellison to Morrison and Whitehead. Eds. Lovalerie King and Linda F. Selzer. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2008: 75-93.
    • Chandler, Gena. “‘In-Itself-for-Me’: Decomposition and Art in Charles Johnson’s Oxherding Tale.” Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher. Eds. Marc C. Conner and William R. Nash. Jackson: U of Mississippi P, 2007: 20-39.