Clarisse Anne Scott (aka Dami) graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she earned a BA and MA in English, and more importantly garnered her love for Jane Austen after her beloved high school English teacher declared that Austen was too sappy for a person who loved reading Thomas Hardy. After many years of having to defend her love of Austen and other Regency and Victorian Classic authors, Clarisse decided to create a Facebook Page dedicated to her beloved Jane, and to the idea that it was perfectly wonderful to be an African American woman who loves Austen novels. Black Girl Loves Jane (BGLJ), therefore, was born in 2018. Since then, Clarisse has become a member of the Jane Austen Society North America, has gained over 1000 followers through her BGLJ page, has been a guest speaker for Jane Austen Society of India, has been a panelist for the Emma’s Virtual Teel House Regency Retreat , a presenter for the Jane Austen & Company’s Race and Regency Series, for the Jane Austen Summer Program, and has become more evolved into the pure mission of celebrating and encouraging diversity in Austen and other classic literature in whatever variation fashioned. Clarisse is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash and Adjunct Instructor at Cincinnati State, where she teaches English Composition.
You can check out her page, Black Girl Loves Jane, on Facebook.