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M.A., Texas A&M University, 2020
B.A., University of Education, Winneba-Ghana, 2017
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Education, Winneba – Ghana, and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University here in College Station. My master’s thesis examined the grim spectacle of a now defunct pre-mid 19th Century Anlo-Ewe (an ethnolinguistic community of Ghana) practice of capital punishment called toko atolia. Whereas my MA thesis focused on a specific indigenous African culture against western conceptions of justice, my PhD seeks to examine African American cultures and bodies as victims of the American social and criminal justice systems. In either study race is the medium by which both indigenous African and African-American cultures and bodies are denigrated. I am also interested in examining transatlantic relationships through independent African American churches.
- African American and Diaspora Literature
- Digital Humanities
- Religion, Literature, and Culture
- Transnational Literatures
- Transatlantic Relationships
- Performance Studies
- 28th May, 2020 “‘Animals’ as Tools and Symbols in Execution Practices” presented at the Cultural Studies Association Virtual Conference. 24th March, 2020 “Toko Atolia: An Anlo-Ewe Cultural Performance of Retributive Justice” presented as part of Glasscock Graduate/Faculty Colloquium Series at The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Institute at Texas A&M University, USA. (Virtual Presentation)
- 7th March, 2020 “Toko Atolia” presented as part of the 2020 Regional Three Minutes Thesis Competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama.
- 8th January, 2020 “Toko Atolia: An Anlo-Ewe Cultural Performance of Retributive Justice” presented as part of African Philosophy Lecture/Colloquium Series at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany.
- 7th January, 2020 “Toko Atolia: An Anlo-Ewe Cultural Performance of Retributive Justice” presented as part of the course: “Introduction to African Cultural Anthropology” at the University of Cologne, Germany.
- 11th July, 2019 “The Plays of Dr. F. K. Fiawoo: A West African Precedent in Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy,” presented at the 3rd Triennial Ghana Studies Association Conference, University of Ghana, Ghana.
- 31st May, 2019 “Toko Atolia: An Anlo-Ewe Cultural Performance of Retributive Justice,” presented at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans.
Awards and Scholarships
- Aug 2020 – Present Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of English, Texas A&M University.
- Aug 2018-May 2020 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University.
- December 2019 Department of Performance Studies Travel and Research Grant ($1,600)
- November 2019 1st Place-Master’s Category of 2019-20 TAMU 3Mins Thesis Competition Award ($1,000)
- May 2019 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship, 2019-20 academic year ($2,000)
- May 2019 Graduate Student Research and Presentation Travel Award ($750)
- April 2019 Academic for the Visual and Performing Arts Travel Grant ($800)
- April 2019 Department of Performance Studies Travel and Research Grant ($1,300)
Honors and Certificates
- 2020 Regional Competition Finalist – Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Three Minutes Thesis Competition.
- 2019 Master’s Division Winner – Texas A&M University Three Minute Thesis Competition.
- 2019 Overall Winner – Texas A&M University Three Minute Thesis Competition.