- 19th and 20th century African American Literature
- African American poetry
- Postcolonial Literature
- 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
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
- 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.