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English Department

Northeastern Illinois University

5500 N St. Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

Curriculum Vitae


Address:English Department

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

5500 North St. Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

 Phone:Office 773 442 5807

Home: 312 391 9180


2003                       Purdue University, Ph.D., English/Philosophy

2003                       Purdue University, M.F.A., English, Creative Writing (Fiction)

1996                       University of Bayreuth, Germany, M.A., Comparative Literature/German

1989                       Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria, M.A., Catholic Theology

1984                            St. Joseph’s Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene, Nigeria, B.A., Philosophy (Magna cum laude)

Academic Positions

2010-                     Associate Professor, NEIU (Tenured)

2005- 2010             Assistant professor (tenure track), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

2004-2005                                  Visiting assistant professor, University of California, Los Angeles

 Dissertation            Literature as an Ethical Challenge: Alain Locke and the Responsibility of the “Negro” Artist.

Areas of Specialization and Research: African Poetics,Postcolonial African Literature in English, Philosophy and Literature, Narrative Theory, Literature and Human Values.






Books (Single authored)

1.      Race, Decolonization and Global Citizenship in South Africa. (Rochester, New York: The University of Rochester Press, 2018) 88.000 words (in print).


2.      Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women’s Literature - Feminist Empathy. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 82.000 words


3.      Postcolonial Imagination and Moral Representations in African Literature and Culture. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2011). 60.000 words


4.      The Dilemma of Ethnic Identity: Alain Locke’s Vision of Transcultural Societies. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005). 65.000


 Articles in peer reviewed journals/Books

 1        “The Open Wounds of Being: The Poetics of Testimony in the Works of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.” (Accepted, forthcoming) in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies.

 2        “African Postcolonial Imagination and the Moral Challenges of Our Times.” (Accepted, forthcoming) in Debating African Literature, edited by Maik Nwosu and Obiwu Iwuanyanwu, Syracuse University Press.

 3        “Autochthony, Cultural Purity, and Cosmopolitan Solidarity: Doreen Baingana and the Virtues of Uprootedness,” African Literature Association Annual Conference Proceedings. (Accepted in 2007, forthcoming in Spring 2013)

 4        “Death, Here I Am: Violence and Redemption in Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying.”  Journal of Narrative Theory, 43.1, Spring 2013.

 5         “Nelson Mandela and the Politics of Empathy: Reflections on the Moral Conditions for Conflict Resolutions in Africa.” African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review. Volume 2, Number 1, (Spring 2012): 122-135.

 6        “Ambits of Moral Judgement: Of Pain, Empathy and Redemption in J.M.Coetzee's Age of Iron,” Journal of Literary Studies, 27:4, (2011):17-35

 7         “African Feminism: Resistance or Resentment. Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy  XX, 1-2, (2008).


8        “The Pitfalls of Cultural Consciousness.” Philosophia Africana 10. 1 (March) 2007.


9        “Cosmopolitan Solidarity: Negotiating Transculturality in Contemporary Nigerian Novels.”  English in Africa  (Spring 2005)

 10    “Resentment and the African Condition: An Inquiry.” Gefame: Journal of African Studies  2, no. 1, 2005.

 Article in non-reviewed book

 1        “Ethnocentric Representations and Being Human in a Multiethnic World: Alain Locke Critique” in Leonard Harris and Jacoby Adeshei Carter, editors, Philosophic Values and World Citizenship: Locke to Obama and Beyond. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

 Dictionary entries

 1.      “Harper, Frances Ellen Watkins (1825-1911)

 2.      Woodbey, George (1854-1915).” Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2005).


 1.      “When a God Calls for Dance.” Review of Obiwu, Tigress at Full Moon. New York: African Heritage Press, 2012. $10.00.

 2.      “Such Long a Letter.” Review of Afam Akeh, Letter Home & Biafran Nights. London: SPM Publications, 2012. Price: £9.95 The New Black Magazine.

 3.      Review of Women, Philosophy and Literature by Jane Duran (Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2007). American Philosophical Association Newsletters, Fall 2008 Volume 08, Number 1.

 4.      “Anthonia C. Kalu. Broken Lives and Other Stories. Athens. Ohio University Press, 2003,” African Studies Quarterly, University of Florida, 2004.

 5.      “Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: A Casebook. Isidore Okpewho (ed.), Oxford: University Press, 2003.” African Studies Quarterly, University of Florida, (Spring 2004).

 6.      “The Ethical Dimensions of Community: The African Model and Dialogue Between North and South.” Philosophia Africana. Vol. 1 (2001)

  Works of Fiction/ Creative Activities


1.      The Trial of Robert Mugabe (Okri Books) Nominated for Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

 Work in Progress:

 Feminist Empathy: Ethics and Human Rights in Postcolonial African Women’s Writing (Book project)

Conference Presentations


“The City as an Ethical Space in Contemporary African Women’s Writing” Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis. 24th Annual GNEL/ASNEL Conference. Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. 09-11 May, 2013.


“Women as Witness to Postcolonial Dystopia in Petina Gappah – An Elegy for Easterly” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Rochester, New York; March 15-18, 2012

 “I want to be a Widow: Portrait of Women as Guards of Human Rights in Sefi Atta’s Novels” 38th African Literature Association Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, April, 2012


“Waiting for the Age of Clay: Memory: Empathy and Redemption in Age of Iron”

37th Annual ALA Conference, Ohio University, April 13-17, 2011


 “Nelson Mandela and the Politics of Empathy: A New Moral Consciousness in African Cultures and Societies.” 4th European Conference on African Studies, The Nordic Africa Institute, 15-18 June, 2011 in Uppsala, Sweden.



 “The Parable of Venice: Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood as a Lesson in the Ethics and Aesthetics of Cosmopolitanism.” Rewriting rights in/through postcolonial cultures. EACLALS triennial conference Venezia, 25-29 March 2008.



 “Being Homely in a Homeless World: Doreein Baingana and the Question of Identity in a Global Age.” 33rd Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association, West Virginia University. West Virginia University, March, 2007.



 “Globalization and Cosmopolitan Solidarity: Nurrudin Farah and Zakes Mda on the new

 Face of African Identity” Annual Meeting of African Literature Association, Ghana (May 2006)



 “Frantz Fanon and Transculturality as an Ethical Challenge.”


EACLALS Triennial Conference 2005: Sharing Places: Searching for Common Ground in a World of Continuing Exclusion, Sliema, Malta, 21-26 March, 2005.


 “Power and Woman’s Dignity in Tsitsi Dangarembga and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Postcolonial Appraisal” Conference of the Association of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University. (March, 2005)



 “The Face of the Other and the Ethics of Self-Preservation: Negotiating Transculturality in Arrow of God and Waiting for an Angel.” ASNEL International Conference “Transcultural English Studies” University of Frankfurt, Germany, May, 19-23, 2004



 “The Ethical Dimension of Sartre’s Conception of Art.” 13th Biennial Meeting of the North American Sartre Society. Purdue University, September 12-14, 2003.



 “The Religious Roots of Igbo Individualism” African Philosophy: The Next Fifty Years. Hamline University, Minnesota, April 27-29, 2000.

 Academic Honors and Awards


  1. Northeastern Illinois University, Faculty Excellence Award, (Research) 2013
  2. Northeastern Illinois University, Summer Fellowship ($5.000) for my manuscript in progress, Feminist Empathies: Ethics and Human Rights in Postcolonial African Women’s Writing
  3. Northeastern Illinois University, Faculty Excellence Award, (Research) 2009.
  4. Olaudah Equiano Prize for African Fiction, December, 2005
  5. Global Fellowship, UCLA, 2004-2005
  6. Research Award 2003, English/Philosophy Interdisciplinary Program, Purdue University
  7. H. Budd and Betty Knoll Prize; Paul Sidwell Memorial Award for Best Winning Entry, for The Listener, Novel in-Progress, Purdue University Literary Awards Contest, 2002
  8. Phi Beta Kappa Award, Purdue University Literary Awards Contest, 2002
  9. Special Initiative Fellowship, English/Philosophy Interdisciplinary Program, Purdue University, 2001-2002

 Professional Services



  1. English: Oxford Journal
  2. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature
  3. Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History
  4. Philosophia Africana: Journal of African Philosophy and Literature