Associate Professor, International Studies
- Ph.D., English with a certificate in African Studies, 1995-2001, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
- M.A., 1992-1994, English, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
- B.A., cum laude, 1986-1990, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Areas of Interest:
- Commercial movie industries in Ghana and Nigeria (Nollywood)
- African cinema and literature
- World cinema
- Globalization studies
- Affect theory
African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013.
- Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2013
- Nominated for the 2014 Society for Cinema and Media Studies First Book Award
- Reviewed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol. 51, No. 3; Nov. 2013; African Studies Review Vol. 56, No. 03; Dec. 2013; African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 0 3; March 2014.
Editor of Nollywood: A Worldly Creative Practice, a special issue of Black Camera 5.2 (2014)
Articles and Chapters
“Living Precariously in the African Postcolony: Debt and Labor Relations in the Films of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun,” Cinema Journal (forthcoming in 2018).
“The Materiality of Genre: Analog and Digital Ghosts in Video Movies from Ghana,” The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry (forthcoming in 2017).
“Virtual Encounters in Postcolonial Spaces: Nollywood Movies about Mobile Telephony,” The Postcolonial World, eds. Jyotsna Singh and David Kim. New York: Routledge (2016): 260-273.
“Introduction: Nollywood: An Archive of African Worldiness” Special Issue on Nollywood Black Camera 5.2 (2014).
“West African Video Films and Their Transnational Imaginaries.” A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism. Eds. Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell: 2013.