Kimberly R Mack



  • Kimberly Mack holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, and she is Associate Professor of African American literature and culture at the University of Toledo. She’s the author of Fictional Blues: Narrative Self-Invention from Bessie Smith to Jack White, published by University of Massachusetts Press in 2020. Kimberly's book projects—The Untold History of Early American Rock Criticism and Living Colour’s Time’s Up, part of the prestigious 33 1/3 book series—are under contract with Bloomsbury Academic. Her scholarly and public-facing articles have appeared in Popular Music and Society, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Longreads, No Depression, and elsewhere, and she has a forthcoming chapter about writer Ralph Ellison and the blues in Cambridge University Press’s Ralph Ellison in Context. She is also a music critic who has contributed her work to national and international publications, including Music Connection, Village Voice, Relix, PopMatters, and Hot Press.

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  • Kimberly R Mack


Cumulative publications in Scholars@UToledo