Faculty Biographies

Julie Buckner Armstrong

Julie Buckner Armstrong

Professor, Literature


Office: DAV 255
Phone: 727-873-4061
Email: jba@usf.edu


Julie Buckner Armstrong is a civil rights and southern literature scholar. Her research interests include literary engagements with segregation, the civil rights movement, and other social justice issues. Armstrong has been the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity at USF’s St. Petersburg campus.

Armstrong is the author of  “Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching,” which recounts the 1918 lynching of a pregnant woman and the way the event resonated with activists, artists, writers and local residents for years to come. The book received the C. Hugh Holman Award Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Armstrong is also the editor of the “Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature” and “The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation,” as well as the co-editor of “Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song.” Her scholarly and creative work has been published in the African American Review, Mississippi Quarterly, Narratively, the Chattahoochee Review, and elsewhere.

Armstrong teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including ones on American literature, African American literature, racial violence, and women writers. She is currently writing Learning from Birmingham, a book about everyday people and places in the iconic civil rights movement city where she was born.

Learn more about Armstrong’s research and publications.


  • M.A., University of Memphis
  • Ph.D., New York University