Areas of Research
20th- and 21st-Century African Literature, Environmental Humanities, Postcolonial Theory, Climate Change and Migration.
- Different Shades of Green: African Literature, Environmental Justice, and Political Ecology (Univ of Virginia P, 2014)
- Environment at the Margins: Literary and Environmental Studies in Africa (Ohio UP, 2011).
- African Fiction and Joseph Conrad: Reading Postcolonial Intertextuality (SUNY Press, 2005).
- "The Essay: Postcolonial Perspectives on the Anthropocene." The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Anthropocene. Ed. John Parham. Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
- "Reframing Climate Migration: A Case for Constellational Thinking in the Writing of Teju Cole." Refugee Writing: Contemporary Research Across the Humanitites. Ed. Samuel Durrant. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, forthcoming.
- "Petro-Violence and the Act of Bearing Witness in Contemporary Nigerian Literature." A Cambridge Global History of Literature and the Environment. Eds. Louise-Westling and John Parham. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2016. 363-376.
- “Witnessing the Nature of Violence: Resource Extraction and Political Ecologies in the Contemporary African Novel.” Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches. Eds. Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Jill Didur, and Anthony Carrigan. New York: Routledge, 2015.
- “Shifting the Center: A Tradition of Environmental Literary Discourse from Africa.” Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011).
- “In Place: Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda’s Heart of Redness.” Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford UP, 2011).
Kemper Teaching Fellowship, Hall Center Research Fellow, Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award, Keeler Intra-University Professor, Conger-Gabel Teaching Professor, Mabel Fry Teaching Award
My research and teaching focuses on the relationship between literature and pressing issues of justice, freedom, and sustainability in the recently colonized world (especially Africa). I would describe myself as a “nomadic” intellectual, crossing the boundaries of academic fields and cultures and seeking ways to make the connections between literary studies and “the world” more apparent.