Cheryl Emerson

Clinical Assistant Professor
Organization and Human Resources


PhD, University at Buffalo
MA, University at Buffalo
MA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BA, Concordia University


  • Communication Literacy for Business


  • Critical race and gender theory
  • Feminist poetics
  • Embodiment of language

Selected Publications

“A Tour de Farce of Language.” Review of Wilson Bueno’s Paraguayan Sea. Translated by Erín Moure. New York: Nightboat Books (2017). in American Book Review, Vol 40:4 (Summer, 2019).

“When Language Fails.” Review of Jill Stauffer (2014), Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard. New York: Columbia UP. theory@buffalo20. (January 2018): 21-28.

‘“My Skin is Black Upon Me’: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and the Question of a Female Job.” South Atlantic Review. Vol 82:2 (Summer 2017): 12-23.

‘“In memory of . . .’: Citizen and Its Opposite. theory@buffalo19. (February 2017): 111-128.

“The Flesh Made Word: As I Lay Dying and Being Incarnate.” In Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception. Eds. Duane H. Davis and William Hamrick. Albany: SUNY Press, 2016 (187-222).

“Migratory Texts: Mutant Territories and the Language of Prosthesis.” The Scattered Pelican, Western University: Ontario, Canada, Vol. 1:1 (September 2015): 65-80

Awards, Grants and Honors

  • Clint Goodson Summer Research Award, UB Department of Comparative Literature (2022)
  • Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, UB Department of Comparative Literature Travel Grant (June 2021).
  • UB Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowship (2020-21)

Professional Affiliations

  • International Merleau-Ponty Circle
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
  • Modern Language Association

Professional Service

  • University at Buffalo “Stand Up and Laugh” Undergraduate Comedy Club, faculty sponsor and advisor (2021-22)