Committee Members

Committee Members

  • Alidou, Ousseina D.

    • Ousseina D. Alidou
    • Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

    Bio: Ousseina D. Alidou is Professor of Theoretical Linguistics, Gender, and Cultural Studies in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She directed the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University from 2009 to 2015. She is the author of Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Leadership, Representation, Political and Social Change, and Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger, which was a runner-up for the Aidoo-Schneider Book Prize of Women's Caucus of the Association of African Studies. She has co-edited numerous books including Writing through the Visual and Virtual in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa with Ahmed and A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities. In addition, she has published book chapters and articles that appear in Research in African Literatures, Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika (SUGIA), Comparative LiteratureAfrica TodayComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and Africa Today. Alidou is the recipient of several national and international scholarly and service awards including African Studies Association Service Award (2016), Obafemi Awolowo Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies Distinguished Visiting Scholar Service Award (2015), Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award (2015), Newark Women-in-the Media Distinguished Community Service Award (2015), Rutgers University 2011 Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, Africa America Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2010), Ford Foundation Human Rights and Social Justice Grant Award (2005), Rutgers University Board of Trustees’ Scholarly Excellence Award (2005) and she currently serves as a Senior Advisor to UNESCO BREDA on Higher Education Curriculum on Gender and Transformative Leadership for African Universities and Civil Societies. 

  • Alidou, Ousseina D.

    • Ousseina D. Alidou
    • Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University
  • Bámgbóṣé, Gabriel

    • Gabriel Bámgbóṣé
    • Department of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University

    Bio: Gabriel is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He taught in the Department of English at Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria. He also taught Yorùbá as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) in Africana Studies Program at New York University, New York. His interests in scholarship include African literature, folklore, and popular culture; African women's poetry; feminist, postcolonial, and decolonial thoughts. Bámgbóṣé is also a poet and the founding editor of Ijagun Poetry Journal. His work has appeared in Comparative Literature and Culture, Contemporary Humanities, The African Symposium, Footmarks: Poems on One Hundred Years of Nigeria’s Nationhood, Ake Review, The Criterion, and Journal of Social and Cultural Analysis among others. He is the author of the poetry collection, Something Happened After the Rain.

  • Ibironke, Bode

    • Olabode Ibironke
    • Department of English, Rutgers University

    Bio: Olabode Ibironke. Currently Associate Professor of English at Rutgers, New Brunswick, and Chair of the National Association of African Studies Programs (AASP). Ibironke was twice the recipient of the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Award, among other awards for excellence and outstanding scholarship. He is the Journal of Commonwealth Literature Bibliography contributor for West Africa. He serves on the Editorial Board of the African Studies Review. His book Remapping African Literature challenges our understanding of African literary history. His current research on Àwàdà is an exploration of the social and critical work of comedy in Africa that focuses on the interconnected roles of television and comedy in shaping the popular imaginary.

  • Larrier, Renée

    • Renée Larrier
    • Department of French, Rutgers University

    Bio: Renée Larrier is Professor of French at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she recently served as Chair of the Department. Author of Autofiction and Advocacy in the Francophone Caribbean (2006) and Francophone Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean (2000), she also co-edited with Ousseina D. Alidou Writing Through the Visual and Virtual: Inscribing Language, Literature, and Culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean (2015), and Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan-Africanism Updated (1999) with E. Anthony Hurley and Joseph McLaren. She has also contributed dozens of articles to essay collections and scholarly journals. She shares the editing duties of CARAF Books, the translation series at the University Press of Virginia, with Mildred Mortime

  • Mazrui, Alamin

    • Alamin Mazrui
    • Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

    Bio: Alamin Mazrui is Professor of sociolinguistics, literature, and cultural studies in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Literatures at Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University, California, with a specialization in the political sociology of language. A member of the international advisory board of Human Rights Watch, the Committee on Academic Freedom in Africa, and the Board of Directors of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), he has a special interest in human rights and civil liberties and has published policy reports on these subjects. Mazrui has written numerous articles in political sociology of language, education, literature, culture and linguistics, and has authored and/or (co)edited about fifteen books, including The Power of Babel: Language and Governance in the African Experience (with Ali Mazrui), English in Africa After the Cold WarSwahili Beyond the Boundaries: Language, Literature and Identity, and Cultural Politics of Translation: East Africa in a Global Context. In addition to his scholarly works, Alamin Mazrui is a published Swahili poet and playwright.

  • Ndour, Moustapha

    • Moustapha Ndour
    • Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

    Bio: Moustapha Ndour is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University. He graduated from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. He is currently working on his book manuscript, Contemporary African and Caribbean Women’s Narratives: National Consciousness, Home, and Identity. His work forces us to reframe our understanding about African and Caribbean women’s contemporary literatures about subjects of national consciousness, Home,  and identity. His research interests include twentieth –and twenty-first century African and Caribbean/diaspora literatures and cultures, contemporary women’s fictional and nonfictional writing, global postcoloniality, gender and nationalism, migrant literature, and literary theory. He serves as editor of CJAS, Contemporary Journal of African Studies. Between 2018 and 2019 he was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Butler University. He has presented in several conferences, and his publications include a book chapter in In Postcolonial Mind and Human Rights (Harmattan, 2019) and peer-reviewed articles on the works of Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Andrew Arsan, Mariama Bâ, Achille Mbembe and Anthony Appiah, and  Sembene Ousmane among others. Dr. Ndour is also a recipient of several fellowships and awards.


  • Nwankwo, Chioma

    • Chioma Nwankwo
    • Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

    Bio: Chioma Nwankwo is a Graduate Student in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

  • Peck, RaShelle R.

    • RaShelle R. Peck
    • Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

    Bio: RaShelle R. Peck is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) at Rutgers University. Her current book project, Nairobi Hip Hop Flow, is an interdisciplinary study that combines ethnography, archival work, political history, and music and performance analysis to account for the emergence and innovations of Nairobi’s rap culture. This project importantly centers the embodied performance practices of rap practitioners by studying how artists cultivate notions of diaspora as a gendered performative aesthetic. In other projects, she investigates how notions of Black futurity are present in the everydayness of Black cultural life. Her research interests include Kenyan and US popular culture, black performance theory, music studies, Afrofuturism, and gender and sexuality studies. She has published in Research in African Literatures, African Studies Review, and the Feminist Wire.