Tamara T. Butler is Assistant Professor of Critical Literacies in the Department of English and the African American & African Studies program at Michigan State University. Her research includes 20th and 21st century Black women's narratives, Black Girl Literacies, and Black women's activism connected to land and environment. She is a first generation college graduate who earned degrees from THE Ohio State University and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Raised on Johns Island, South Carolina, Tamara has returned to the Sea Island community to launch the BlackGirlLand Project, which focuses on documenting Black women's connections to land, memory, and community. The research connected to the Project has been funded by the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State. In 2017, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship to further develop the project into a book manuscript.
She is a member of the Womxn of Color Initiatives Project at Michigan State. She is involved in the field of English Education: currently serving as a member of the National Council of Teachers of English's Standing Committee on Research and formerly a Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Fellows (2012-2014).
Tamara teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of English and African American & African Studies Program.