Wesleyan portrait of Tyrone S. Palmer

Tyrone S. Palmer

Assistant Professor of English


BA Brooklyn College
MA Northwestern University
PHD Northwestern University

Tyrone S. Palmer

Tyrone S. Palmer's teaching and research concerns Black critical thought, poetics, and negativity. His current book manuscript, “Felt Antagonisms: Blackness, Negativity, and the Grammars of Affect,” explores how key Black literary  texts theorize the failures of a universalist conception of affect to account for the grammars of feeling that emerge from the singularity of Blackness. Palmer’s scholarship has previously been published or is forthcoming in Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Critical Ethnic Studies, Philosophy Today, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Post-45, Discourse, and the edited volume The Affect Theory Reader II: Worldings, Tensions, Futures. In addition to his scholarly work, Palmer has published cultural criticism and poetry in a number of venues, including The New Inquiry, Gawker, The Offing, and Callaloo.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Thursdays, 12-1:30 PM  (or, by appointment) 



Spring 2023
ENGL 201M - 01
Literature and/as Philosophy

ENGL 312 - 01
Vitalism and Black Aesthetics

Fall 2023
ENGL 267 - 01
Pessimism, Nihilism, and Black

ENGL 347 - 01
Black Grammars