BA, Kent; MA, York; PhD, SOAS
It is wonderful to be back at Kent, my alma mater. Previously, I taught American literature at the University of Warwick. Before that, I was at SOAS, the University of London, where I obtained my doctorate. I spent the final year of my doctoral research as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas.
My research interests fall broadly into contemporary American and West African literature. I am interested in topics to do with slavery; historical trauma and memory; diaspora and cultural philosophies. I have engaged with these in teaching and research. Relating to the latter, my PhD research examines the politics of “History” and the transatlantic slave trade in the literary imagination of African-American and West African writers.
I have presented my work at various institutions and conferences. These include African Studies Associations (US and UK); The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (University of Oxford); University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies; University of Bielefeld’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research; The Toni Morrison Society Biannual Conference (Paris and New York), College Language Association Conference and The Collegium for African-American Research Conference. I have also been a guest lecturer at the Africana Department, Texas A&M University.
I am passionate about making research in the humanities accessible to people outside of the University, so I am involved with “Re-Presenting Slavery: Making a Public Usable Past” and The Project on the History of Black Writing. The former is a project funded by the British Academy to promote public discourses on the legacy of slavery in Britain. The latter is an international institute, founded and directed by Professor Maryemma Graham (University of Kansas), to recover works in Black studies and to develop students, teachers and scholars working in this area.back to top