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Portia Owusu

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Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Transnational Literatures
  • American Literature and Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • African American and African Diaspora Literature
  • (979) 458-3173
  • LAAH 304
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Ph.D., University of London, 2017

M.A., University of York, 2010

B.A., University of Kent, 2008

Research Interests

  • Slavery
  • History
  • Memory
  • Trauma
  • Cultural Philosophy

Honors and Awards

  • US-UK Fulbright Award
  • Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship Fellowship


  • Spectres from the Past: Slavery and the Politics of “History in West African and African-American Literature, New York: Routledge, 2020.
  • “Fighting Fire with Fire: Violence and the Black Liberation Movement” in Perkins, Kathy A., et al. The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • “The Goose and the Gander”: Historical roots of Black Power ideology on violence. Preparing for submission in Black Power: Movement, Cultures and Resistance in the Black Americas (forthcoming by Routledge).