Reginald Wilburn

Associate Professor
Office: College of Liberal Arts, Murkland Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Reginald A. Wilburn

Dr. Reginald A. Wilburn is an associate professor of English specializing in African American literature and culture, Milton, and intertextuality studies. Additional teaching emphases include drama, gender, jazz and black music studies. His monograph, Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature, was published by Duquesne University Press in 2014. This monograph is the first work of literary criticism to theorize African Americans' subversive receptions of John Milton, England's epic poet of liberty. The book examines Miltonic presence in the works of diverse writers from Phillis Wheatley and Frederick Douglass, to Frances Harper, Anna Julia Cooper, and Sutton E. Griggs. A former U.S. Marine and alumnus of the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers where he serves as faculty and curriculum coordinator, Wilburn takes enormous pride in teaching the art of critical thinking, reading, and writing through the "beautiful science" of literary study. Providing students a "premium education," Wilburn embraces a pedagogy of love steeped in academic rigor and standards of excellence. Additionally, he is a recipient of two UNH teaching awards, mentors students in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and has sung the National Anthem at several Commencement exercises, most notably before U. S. Presidents, George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton in 2007. Presently, he is completing several manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals in addition to working on a second book project devoted to African Americans' continued remastery of Milton in contemporary literature and culture. For these contemporary writers and performers, Wilburn contends, Milton and the English language continues to matter in times when liberty is the theme and freedom a right to be won and protected.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Connecticut
  • M.A., English, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., English, University of the District of Columbia

Research Interests

  • Gender studies
  • Literature and African American studies
  • Milton and intertextuality studies
  • Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 401: First-Year Writing
  • ENGL 549: In the Groove AfAm Music-Lit
  • ENGL 935: Sem/Studies Americn Literature