Christopher Allen Varlack

Assistant Professor, English

Taylor Hall, Room 214 (215) 572-2985 For Fall 2020, set up an appointment at

About Me

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 JournalThird 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

Upcoming Course
EN 651: The Harlem Renaissance--History & Classics
EN 231: The African American Short Story
EN 211: Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

Courses Taught
EN 341/441: The Slave Narrative
EN 230: African American Literature
EN 101H: Thought & Expression I (Honors)

Education History

Morgan State University 2016

Doctor of Philosophy, Major in English

University of Southern Maine 2010

Master of Fine Arts, Major in Creative Writing

Loyola University Maryland 2008

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)

Author 2019

“Racial Reassignment Surgery and the Dissolution of the Color Line: Afrofuturist Satire in George Schuyler’s Black No More and Jess Row’s Your Face in Mine”

Article, Third Stone Journal