Tara T. Green has served as Director since 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Dillard University in New Orleans and her Master's and doctorate in English, with an emphasis in African American literature from Louisiana State University. Before coming to UNCG, she taught at universities in Louisiana and Arizona.
Her research interests include African American autobiographies, twentieth century novels, gender studies, Black southern studies, literature of Africa, and the U.S. Black diaspora. She has published numerous articles and made presentations in these areas of research. Her books From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature (Mercer Press: 2008), A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men (University of Missouri Press: 2009; winner of 2011 National Council for Black Studies for Outstanding Publication in Africana Studies), and Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), reflect her interests in African American literary and interdisciplinary studies. Inspired by her fondness for New Orleans, she is completing a manuscript on Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a writer and activist from New Orleans.
She serves on the Program Committee for the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, Vice-President of the Langston Hughes Society, and as English Representative for the College Language Association. Dr. Green enjoys mentoring students and working with community organizations.