Burrell, Jalylah

Assistant Professor

African American Studies

College of Social Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 2017


Jalylah Burrell is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at San José State University. She holds a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies from
Yale University and her scholarship was previously supported by postdoctoral
fellowships at DePaul University’s African and Black Diaspora Department and Rice
University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her research and teaching are focused on African Diasporic literature and popular culture and enhanced by experience as a multiplatform storyteller—pop culture critic, digital producer, oral historian, and deejay. Her current book project is tentatively titled “Capacity for Laughter: Black Women and the American Comedic Tradition.”