Education: PhD in English literature (Concentration in African Diaspora Studies), University of Missouri 2020
MA in English literature, University of Missouri 2015
BA in political science and English literature, SUNY Geneseo, 2012
Office: Burrus Dickinson 301
My work primarily focuses on contemporary fiction written in English from the African continent and the global African diaspora. I have published on Nigerian writers Amos Tutuola and Chigozie Obioma, and am currently writing about Nigerian-British writer Helen Oyeyemi.
I love teaching books that are confusing, weird, and/or creepy. I’m especially interested in introducing students to serious discussions around horror and gothic fiction. In recent years at Eureka and elsewhere I have taught classes such as “Ghost Stories”, “African Literature of War, Peace, and Migration”, and “From Chicago to Wakanda: Introduction to African Diaspora Literature”.
I have memberships and/or attend annual conferences of the African Literature Association, The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, and The College Language Association.
Though I grew up on Long Island, I am a converted Midwesterner (though I still have strong opinions about pizza and bagels). I’m always happy to chat, especially about social justice, movies, National League baseball, or my cats Marzipan and Bird.