Holly T. Hamby is an Associate Professor of English, and Chair of the Humanities, at Fisk University. Her additional administrative roles at Fisk include Director of the Writing Center and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has served ten years as a faculty member with the W.E.B. DuBois General Honors Program; additionally, she is a member of the advisory committee of the John R. Lewis Center for Social Justice. During her decade with Fisk, she has also served as interim director of Women's and Gender Studies, and discipline coordinator for English.
Her central research focuses on religious literature and rhetoric, specifically early medieval English literature and the use of medieval topoi in contemporary white supremacist propaganda. She was a member of the Fisk curatorial team that created the Slave Bible exhibit at the Museum of the Bible. She was selected as Scholar-in-Residence by the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) in the summers of 2019 (St. John's, Oxford) and 2020 (Virtual), during which she developed a curriculum in contemporary antisemitism studies. She has also served as a Salzburg Global Fellow since 2011.