Moderators 2020

Moderators 2020

  • Barrios, Paulina Maria

    • Paulina Maria Barrios
    • Comparative Literature, Rutgers University

    Bio: Paulina Maria Barrios is a graduate student at the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She holds an M.A. in Asian and African studies, special subject Africa, from El Colegio de México, and has experience working in translation and feminist resource mobilization. For her Ph.D. she currently aims to analyze the use of literature by grassroots feminist and queer organizations in Latin America and Africa.

  • Deleger, Ouafaa

    • Ouafaa Deleger
    • Department of French, Rutgers University

    Bio: Ouafaa Deleger is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the French Department at Rutgers University. She grew up in Paris where she studied law and graduated with a Master from the University of Paris XII. Taking advantage of expatriation in Louisiana, she also holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of New Orleans where she focused on her thesis on the Emancipation of Muslim women in Muslim societies. French culture is diverse and keeps enriching French literature. For this reason, she is interested in studying the questions of language and identity through the lens of Maghrebian, African and Caribbean literature, but although through the lens of literature written by women in this part of the world.

  • 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.

  • Mani, Preetha

    • Preetha Mani
    • Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

    Bio: Preetha Mani is Assistant Professor of South Asian Literatures at Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include modern Hindi, Tamil, and Indian literatures; South Asian feminisms; women’s writing; world literature; translation studies; realisms and modernisms; and postcolonial studies. Her forthcoming book explores twentieth-century short story writing in Hindi and Tamil to propose a view of Indian literature as a field of comparative literature that is comprised of mutually imbricated local, regional, national, and global processes of literary canonization. 

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Sánchez, Carolina

    • Carolina Sánchez
    • Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University

    Bio: Carolina Sánchez is a Ph.D. student in Latin American Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. M.A. in Literary Criticism and B.A. in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia. She worked as Editorial Assistant of the Philosophy Journal Ideas y Valores and co-founded the independent publishing house: El lobo está en el bosque libros.  

  • Yacoubou, Tadjou-N’Dine Mamadou

    • Tadjou-N’Dine Mamadou Yacoubou
    • Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University

    Bio: Tadjou-N’Dine Mamadou Yacoubou is a Ph.D. student in the Rutgers Department of Linguistics. He is primarily interested in the abstract representation and processes of natural language sounds (Phonology) and their physical realization (Phonetics). More specifically, he studies the prosody (tones, stress, intonation) of West African languages, including but not limited to Yoruba (and derived dialects), Baatonum, Fongbe, Dendi, and Zarma. In fact, he is currently working on the interaction of narrow focus with the different levels of the prosodic hierarchy, along with its phonetic cues in Zarma. The study was built on fieldwork he conducted in summer 2018 in Niger and supported by the Center for African Studies’ Graduate Enhancement Grant. His near-future project consists of building a computational model for autosegmental (tone) representations. When he is not figuring out the prosody of natural languages, Dine enjoys writing poetry, spoken words, and playing soccer.