I am a comparative literary scholar and university professor. My work centers on African and Latin American literatures, with a particular interest in the intersection of large-scale frameworks—including World Literature, the Global Anglophone, and the Global South—with local and regional specificities. I am completing a book on novels about dictators in the post-independence literatures of Africa and Latin America, and beginning another on the African novel in the 21st century. I have also published essays on topics such as women’s writing in nineteenth-century Argentina, the function of the fetish in representations of the African dictator, Africa and science fiction, and magical realism in the South Atlantic.
In addition to these research projects, I am co-director of the digital platform Global South Studies, have served as guest editor for an issue of The Global South ("Dislocations," 7.2; 2013), and am a founding member of the executive committee for the forum on the Global South (CLCS; G152) at the Modern Language Association; I will chair this committee in 2018-2019.
I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, where I also teach in the Global and International Studies (GLIS) program. Before joining Penn State, I was an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center (2014-2015) and Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, where I taught courses on World Literature and postcolonial studies (2012-2015).