Associate Professor of English
Courses taught in Spring 2013
Courses taught in Fall 2013
M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University
African Literatures and Cinema
Awards & Honors
2009 Postdoctoral Summer Fellowship, West Africa Research Association
2007 Maxi Grant, University of St. Thomas
2004 Sudden Opportunity Grant, University of St. Thomas
Fulbright Research Award
1999 College of Arts and Letters Merit Fellowship, MSU
1997-1999 Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
1998 Global Young Scholar Award, MSU
I'm in the early stages of a project that will examine recent African cultural production (literary and popular works published or released between the mid-1980's, after the imposition of structural adjustments programs, and the present) in the context of globalization. I am keen to investigate how African cultural products challenge, are complicit with, or otherwise engage the materialities and "governmentalities" of neoliberalism and late capitalism.
African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013.
"West African Video-Movies and their Transnational Imaginaries." A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism. Eds. Ato Quayson & Girish Daswani. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Forthcoming.
“Contesting Authenticities: African Film Critics and the History of Early Video Production in Ghana.” Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies. 20.1(2008): 21-48.
"Amma Darko's The Housemaid and the Gendering of Novel and Nation." Critical Perspectives on Amma Darko. Ed. Vincent O. Odamtten. Cape Town: Adelphi, 2007.
"Troubled Men and the Women who Create Havoc: Four Recent Films by West African Filmmakers." Research in African Literatures 34.3 (2003): 159-66.
"A Feminist Reading of Ellen Kuzwayo's Call Me Woman." The Postcolonial Condition of African Literature. The Annual Selected Papers of the African Literature Association. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000.
"Women, Melodrama, and Political Critique: A Feminist Reading of Hostages, Dust to Dust, and True Confessions." Nigerian Video Films. Ed. Jonathon Haynes. U of Ohio Press, 1999.
"At an Intersection of Humanism and Postmodernism: A Feminist Reading of Ellen Kuzwayo's Call Me Woman." Research in African Literatures 28.2 (1997): 57-65.
"New Forms of Transnational Practice in Ghana." Paper presented at the African Literature Association Annual Conference. Athens, Ohio, April 13-17, 2011.
"Global Aspirations and Transnational Imaginaries: The 'Professional' Video-movie from Ghana." Invited address given at the Reading and Producing Nollywood: An International Symposium. Lagos, Nigeria. The University of Lagos, March 23-26, 2011.
"Professional Movies and their Global Aspirations: The Second Wave of Video Production in Ghana, 1992-2000." Paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 18-21, 2010.
"Sakawa Movies from Ghana: Internet, Enchantment and Technological Spectacle." Paper presented at the African Literature Association Annual Conference. University of Arizona, March 10-14, 2010.
"Parallel Modernities and Underground Transnationalisms." Paper presented at the Revisiting Modernization conference, University of Ghana, 28 July 2009.
"Cosmopolitan Spectacle and Narratives of National Belonging in Three Transnational West African Videos." Paper presented at the African Literature Association Annual Conference, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, April 22-27, 2008.
"A New Critical Architecture for African Grassroots Cinemas: Nigerian Video in Ghana, Pirate Economies and Transnational Media Flows." Paper presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA March 6-9, 2007
"Ghanaian Video Goes Global: An Itinerant Cinema of Travel." Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, 2007.
The Video Revolution in Ghana (2000)