Welcome to AMESALL

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  • Ousseina Alidou
  • Professor, African Languages and Literatures
  • Email: oalidou@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
  • Phone: 848-445-4301
  • Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Room #: 6162
  • Office address: 15 Seminary Place Room 6162, College Avenue Campus



Ph.D. Theoretical Linguistics, Indiana University (Bloomington)
M.A. Applied Linguistics (Literacy Studies), Indiana University (Bloomington)
M.A. Linguistics, Université Abdou Moumouni (Niamey, Republic of Niger)

Research Interests

Ousseina D. Alidou is Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature. She is a theoretical linguist whose research focuses mainly on the study of women’s orality and literacy practices in African Muslim societies; African Muslim women’s Agency and gender justice; African women’s literatures; Gendered discourses of identity and the politics of cultural production in African Muslim societies.

Awards, Fellowships and Selected External Services

  • UNESCO BREDA, Main Advisor and Editor, Gender and Transformative Leadership Curriculum for African Universities and NGOs, 2013-current.
  • Board Member of African Studies Association (ASA), 2013-2016.
  • Chair, Association of African Studies Programs (AASP), 2010-2011
  • Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, December 23, 2014.
  • The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching- Rutgers University 2010-2011
  • Africa America Institute, Distinguished Alumni Award, December 2010      
  • Rutgers University, Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, April 2006
  • Ford Foundation Research Grant, Human Rights and Social Justice, November 2005.
  • University of Hamburg, GERMANY, Visiting Professor, Department of Linguistics and African Studies and Graduate Faculty of Intercultural Education, 2003
  • University of Lueneburg, GERMANY, Graduate Faculty of Cultural Studies, Visiting Scholars’ Writing Fellowship Award, (Apr-July) 2002
  • Rutgers University Research Council Award, 2001-2002   

AMESALL Courses (Past and Present)

Select Publications

Books (single authored and co-edited)

  • Writing through the Visual and Virtual: Inscribing Language, Literature and in Francophone Africa and Culture in Africa and the Caribbean. Co-edited with Renée Larrier. Lexington Books (After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France Series), 2015.
  • Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Representation, Leadership and Social Change. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa.  Co-edited with Ahmed Sikainga. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2006.
  • Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger. Madison:University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. (Runner-up, Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association, 2007)
  • A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles against Structural Adjustment in African Universities.  Co-edited with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000.

Book Chapters and articles

  • “Women, Religion and the Discourse of Legal Ideology in Niger Republic” with Hassana Alidou (Africa Today, Vol 54 (3) Spring 2008: 21-36.
  • “Muslim Women in a Multilingual Context: Orality and Literacy in Postcolonial Niger” in Issues in Political Discourse Analysis, Vol 1 (1), 2006: 89-106.
  • “The Emergence of Written Hausa Literature” In The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature. Edited by Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, February, 2004, 329-356.
  • “Islam, Gender and Hausa Folklore: A Reconfiguration of a Hausa ‘Cinderella’ Tale” Comparative Literature, Vol. 54 (3), Summer 2002: 242-255.
  • “Boundaries of Fatherhood in Farah's Secrets” In Emerging Perspectives on Nuruddin Farah. Edited by Derek Wright. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2002: 661-678.
  • “French Colonial Education and its Postcolonial Legacy in Francophone Africa” in Visionen fur das Bildungssystem in Afrika (Reflections on Education Systems in Africa). Edited by Lawford Imunde. Loccumer Protokolle 05/02, Rehburg-Loccum: Loccum Akademie, (July) 2002: 51-64.
  • “Gender, Narrative Space and Modern Hausa Literature.” Research in African Literatures, Vol. 32 (2), Summer 2002: 137-153.
  • “The World Bank and the Collapse of Francophone Africa's Educational System.” in A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities. Co-edited with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000: p. 37-42.
  • “Women, Gender and Freedom of Expression: Sub-Saharan Africa” in The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Edited by Suad Joseph. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2004:152-153.
  • “Women, Gender and Freedom of Expression: Sub-Saharan Africa” in The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Edited by Suad Joseph. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2004:152-153.
  • “Women in Niger” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide: Sub-Saharan Africa. By Lynn Walter (Editor in chief) and Aili Mari Tripp (Volume editor), Westport, CT and London, UK: Greenwood Press, 2003, 295-310.

Work in Progress

  • Gender, Islam and Popular Culture in the Sahel (work in progress)

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