Prudence Layne

Associate Professor of English
Alamance Building 302A
2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5618


University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida - Ph.D. in English (December 2004); Howard University, Washington, DC - MA in English (December 1999); Howard University, Washington, DC - BAs in English & Political Science (May 1996);

Courses Taught

Introduction to World Literature (“Nobel Ventures”); Advanced World Literature (“The Empire Writes Back”); The Faces & Phases of Postcolonial Shakespeare; Introduction to Women’s Studies in the Humanities (“Ain’t I a Woman”); English Senior Seminar: ("Literary Weapons of Activist Construction"); African-American Literature Since 1945 (“Booked! Sentenced! Barred! African-American Narratives of Confinement”); African-American Musical and Literary Traditions (Online Course); African-American Drama; Introduction to Caribbean Literature; The African Experience in Literature; Study Abroad to South Africa (“The Call of South Africa: Models and Movements of Protest, Images and Texts of Healing”); Preparatory Seminars for Study Abroad in South Africa; General Studies Advanced Seminar: Prison Nation:  Deconstructing The Prison Industrial Complex; Transition Strategies: Preparing for Global Work and Service with Multicultural Communities (1 sh); College Writing

Leadership Positions

Coordinator, African & African-American Studies at Elon (AAASE) (2007-Present); Chair, Study Abroad Committee (2010-2011)

Grants Awarded

The Black Oaks Curriculum Diversity Expansion Workshop.” Phi Beta Kappa Fund for Excellence Grant, 2010-2011 ($4000); “Sustainable Collaborations & Partnerships to the Struggling Reader Dilemma.” Phi Beta Kappa Fund for Excellence Grant, 2010-2011 ($5000); “The Global Links Literacy Initiative.” The Frueauff Foundation Community Partnership Initiative Grant (Elon University), 2007-2008 ($600);

Professional Activities

National Council of Black Studies, 2010 " Present; Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association, 2006 - Present; Sigma Tau Delta, 2005-Present; Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, 2003 - Present;  CaribbeanStudies Association, 2003 - Present;  Modern Language Association, 1999 - Present; Phi Beta Kappa, 1996 - Present;


Wye Fellow, The Aspen Institute, Summer 2010; Visiting Fellow, Queen’s University, Bader International Studies Center, Summer 2010; Elon University Faculty Research and Development Summer Fellowship, 2009 Elon University Outstanding Service Leadership Award, 2008; Best Overall Poster Presentation, Lilly South Conference, 2008 & 2010; Elon University Academic Service Learning Faculty Scholar, 2006-2007; Edward T. Foote II Graduate Award for Excellence in Student Leadership, 2004;  Who's Who Among Outstanding Students in American Colleges and Universities, 2003;