Ajuan Mance is a Professor of English at Mills College in Oakland, California. She holds degrees from Brown University (BA) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA and PhD). In both her scholarly writing and her comics and zines, Ajuan explores issues of race, gender, and the literatures, lives, and locations, in which they intersect.
She is the author of two scholarly books, Inventing Black Women: African American Women’s Poetry and Self-Representation, 1877-2000 and Before Harlem: An Anthology of African American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century. Her zines range from A Blues for Black Santa, a comic account of the “real” Santa Claus, to 1001 Black Men, a series of zines that collect images from Ajuan’s 1001 Black Men online sketchbook. Gender Studies is an autobiographical comic book series that uses humor to explore her experiences as a Black nerd navigating the complexities of gender.