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Tyler T. Schmidt

Associate Professor

Tyler Schmidt


Carman Hall 397
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B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center


Tyler T. Schmidt is an Associate Professor of English at Lehman College. He also teaches courses in American Studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center. He served as co-coordinator of Lehman’s Writing Across the Curriculum program from 2008-2015 and 2018-2019. Professor Schmidt is currently completing a manuscript centered on a group of writers and visual artists based in the Midwest in the 1950s and 60s. The project reconsiders the cultural borders of the Chicago Black Renaissance and reevaluates racial aesthetics, queer cultural production, and regionalism in mid-twentieth-century America. His critical work has appeared in African American Review, Women Studies Quarterly, and Radical Teacher. Professor Schmidt's academic interests include African American literature, race and sexuality studies, American poetry, writing studies, and critical pedagogy.

Selected Publications

  • “Lessons in Light: Beauford Delaney’s and James Baldwin’s ‘Unnameable Objects’” in Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin’s Radical Imagination (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • Desegregating Desire: Race and Sexuality in Cold War American Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2013)