Professor Valkeakari has worked at Providence College since September 2006. She is the author of two books: Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction (University Press of Florida, forthcoming in May 2017) and Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952–1998 (University Press of Florida, 2007). Her articles have appeared, for example, in MELUS, Studies in American Fiction, Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne, Atlantic Literary Review, Atlantis, and in various essay collections. The courses she teaches regularly include “Twentieth-Century African American Literature,” “Global and Postcolonial Literature,” and “Toni Morrison.”
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2015). “‘Railway Spine,’ Trains, Migration, and Mobility in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake” .
ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews , 28 (3-4), 202-207.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2014). “After Eden: Constructs of Home, House, and Racial Difference in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy”.
Living Language, Living Memory: Essays on the Works of Toni Morrison, Eds. Kerstin W. Shands and Giulia Grillo Mikrut. Huddinge, Sweden: Södertörn University., 107–126.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2014). “‘New Negro’ Men, World War I, and African American Masculinity in Guy Johnson’s Standing at the Scratch Line” .
MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, 39 (4), 50-68.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2013). "A Journey to ‘Partial Cosmopolitanism’ in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost”.
Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne (SCL/ÉLC), 38 (2), 67–87.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2011). “African American Novel” .
The Encyclopedia of the Novel, Eds. Peter Logan et al . Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell., 9-18.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2007). Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952–1998.
Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2006). “Huck, Twain, and the Freedman’s Shackles: Struggling with Huckleberry Finn Today”.
Atlantis, 28 (2), 29–43.
Valkeakari, Tuire. (2005). "The Politics of Perception in Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno and Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage".
Studies in American Fiction, 33 (2), 229–250.