I obsessively work on multiple projects, simultaneously bouncing back and forth between creative genres. My B.A. from Lafayette College was in Engineering Studies and English; at the University of Miami, I completed my Ph.D. in English Literature. My research interests lie in African & African Diaspora literature written in Swahili, English, and French. My current scholarly manuscript is titled "Writing Land, Righting Land: Literary Interventions in East African Property Rights."
At the University of Miami I taught courses in First Year Composition for STEM majors, World Literature, and American Literature since 1865. I also taught a class on metropolitan Africa, "Consuming African Cities," as part of Duke University's Thompson Writing Program. My current intellectual home is the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I design courses in African literature, 20th century fiction, short stories, and Caribbean writers. A significant proportion of the reading and writing I do alongside my students is cross-genre, and re-invents communication technologies in unexpected ways. I'm delving into a new area of scholarship, African Digital Humanities, to serve as a resource for practitioners in the field. I'm also experimenting with creative nonfiction/memoir. Often times, however, I encounter ideas that are best communicated in the form of images, hence my deep commitment to photography.
Papers and Articles
"Visual Rhetoric & Literal Tropes: Fantasies of Emptiness vs. Conventions of Ownership." Research in African Literatures (forthcoming).
"Gender and Land Rights." Encyclopedia of World Poverty. Sage Publications, 2015.
"Kenya." Encyclopedia of World Poverty. Sage Publications, 2015.
Review of Humor in the Caribbean literary canon by Sam Vasquez. In Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 17, Issue 5 (769-770), July 2015.
"'A Nation of One's Own:' Fictional Indictment of Cannibalistic African States." University of Tennessee Press, 2014.
"Kenya's Insecurity: Global Terrorism's High ROI." Pambazuka News, May 22, 2014.
"Performance: Popular Culture as the People's Intervention in Dictatorial Regimes." Dany Laferrière: Essays on His Works. Guernica Editions, 2013.
"Food & Politics in Africa." Pambazuka News, March 13, 2013.
"Turning Tables in Hip Hop Music: Mapping Female Agency." Pambazuka News, June 21, 2012.
"Women and Property: Some Insights from African History." Pambazuka News, June 14, 2012.
"The 'Yes' and 'No' of Female Sexualities." Pambazuka News, May 24, 2012.
"We Forgive You," "Let Her Rot," and "Threadbare Coat." Proud Flesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness No. 8, 2013.
"Violence & Colonial Transformation of African Landscapes." African Studies Association, November 2013.
"Migration, Settler Mentality & (Hu)Man Transformation of African Landscapes." Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment, June 2013.
"Natural Leitmotif: Land as a Symbol in East Africa's Socio-Political Movements." UT-Austin African Conference by Dr. Toyin Falola, March 2013.
"'Sibling Rivalry': Law & Literature as Competing Paths to African Liberation." African Literature Association, March 2013.
"Women's Relationship to Property: Pre-Colonial Great Lakes Region." African Studies Association, November 2012.
"Human Rights Discourse & Contemporary Congolese Literature." African Literature Association, April 2012.
"Trauma & the Hybrid Self in Johnny Mad Dog & La Vie et Demie." International Society for African Philosophy & Studies, April 2011.
"Shailja Patel's Poetry on Stage: Reincarnation of 21st Century African Activism." African Theatre Association, July 2010.