Megan Dennis is an English literature PhD student at the University of Kansas. She also holds her M.A. in English literature from KU. Dennis studies twentieth-century American literature with an emphasis in African American literature. Her completed master’s thesis traces the trajectory of early African American detective fiction through the works of Pauline Hopkins and Rudolph Fisher and investigates the inversion of traditional detective tropes as a way to question race, identity, and systems of knowledge. She regularly incorporates issues of race and gender in the writing and literature courses she teaches. In spring of 2018, she was the recipient of an Applied Humanities Summer Fellowship at the Kansas City Public Library through the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.