Christopher Allen Varlack, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Arcadia University (2020-present) where he teaches undergraduate as well as graduate courses in African-American literature, world literature, and creative writing. Before joining the faculty at Arcadia, he worked with students as a full-time lecturer at UMBC (2014-2018), where he taught as part of the Individualized Study Program, the Honors College, and the Department of English. He has also served as a full-time lecturer in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University (2012-2014).
In addition to promoting the education of today's youth, he is an avid researcher and scholar with emphases on race, gender, and cultural politics, having published in journals such as the College Language Association Journal, Third Stone Journal, and the South Atlantic Review in addition to a number of edited volumes. He has served as editor of Critical Insights: Harlem Renaissance (2015) as well as Critical Insights: Civil Rights Literature, Past and Present (2017). He is the current president of the Langston Hughes Society and the assistant treasurer of the College Language Association.
When he is not in the classroom or producing scholarship, he can be found writing poetry and creative non-fiction addressing issues of social justice, identity, and race. For additional information about Dr. Varlack and his work, please visit his website at ChristopherAllenVarlack.com.
EN 651: The Harlem Renaissance--History & Classics
EN 231: The African American Short Story
EN 211: Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
EN 341/441: The Slave Narrative
EN 230: African American Literature
EN 101H: Thought & Expression I (Honors)
Morgan State University
Doctor of Philosophy, Major in English
University of Southern Maine
Master of Fine Arts, Major in Creative Writing
Loyola University Maryland
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications
Author • 2020
“Revisiting Claude McKay’s ‘Quashie to Buccra’: ‘Language…[as] a Political Instrument’ in Disenfranchising Linguistic and Sociopolitical Systems”
Article, South Atlantic Review
Author • 2019
“Memoirs of ‘When the Negro was in Vogue’: Langston Hughes, Black Intellectualism, and the African-American Autobiographical Tradition”
Article, The College Language Association Journal (CLAJ)