Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Badia Ahad

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: 20th-century American and African-American literature, psychoanalytic theory, critical race studies

Office #:  Crown Center 459

Phone: 82791



B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Ph.D. (2004), University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Contemporary American and African-American literature, history of psychoanalysis, and Diaspora Studies.

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:
"An(Other) Consciousness: The Legacy of Lemuel Haynes." Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, May 1998, pp. 51-67.

"Ain't Gon' Lay My 'Ligion Down: African-American Religion in the South." Religion and Literature, vol. 29, no. 3, Autumn 1997, pp. 97-100.

Freud Upside Down: African American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture (U of Illinois P, 2010).

As the result of new archival research, I am writing an article that examines African-American women’s relationship to psychoanalytic thought in the 1940s and 1950s. Drawing upon the imperatives of the mental hygiene movement, a mid-twentieth century program of social and psychical reform linking mental illness to moral decline, I am investigating African-American women’s participation within and responses to this movement within popular culture, specifically women’s magazines.