John Foster III
Title: Associate Professor of English; Associate Professor of Religion; Coker Faculty Member Since 1990
Education: B.A. in English, University of South Carolina
M.Ed. in Secondary Education, English, University of South Carolina
Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of South Carolina
Ordained, Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
Department: Language & Literature
Office: Davidson Hall - Room 102
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (843) 383-8136
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Writers of the Harlem Renaissance, African American literature, World Religion, LGBT literature


  • World Literature I and World Literature II
  • African American Literature
  • Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • Religions of the World: Western Monotheisms
  • Religions of the World: Southeastern and Eastern Asia

Selected Presentations:

“Race and Sexuality in the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance” National Council of Teachers of English, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005

“Audre Lorde’s Zami: LGBT Literature in High Schools and College” National Council of Teachers of English, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004

“Toward a New Perspective: An Ethnographic Study of Three African American Teachers Who Have Challenged Heteronormative Structures in Public Schools in the Rural South, “ Third International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, University of Hawaii, East/West Center, 2003

“Using African American Literature to Help Young African American Gay Males Navigate the Intersection Between Race and Sexuality” National Council of Teachers of English, San Francisco, 2003

“Young Gay Black Men in the Classroom: The Teaching of Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Another Country” National Council of Teachers of English, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002