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Alain Lawo-Sukam

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Coordinator of Africana Studies Program
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Africana Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • (979) 845-2124
  • ACAD 202D


Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam is an Associate Professor of Hispanic and Africana Studies, and Coordinator of Africana Studies program. He holds a Ph.D in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His area of concentration is Hispanic Studies and Africana Studies with a specialty in Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. He is the author of the academic monographs La literatura africana en castellano de los antiguos territorios españoles del Sahara Occidental y Marruecos (2023), La poesía de Guinea Ecuatorial en su contexto colonial y (trans)nacional (2019), Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: el caso del Pacífico (2010), and the creative writing books Mange-Mil y sus historias de tierra caliente (2017) and Sueño con África. Dream of Africa. Rêve d’Afrique (2013).

He has published numerous articles in national and international peer reviewed journals. He is a member of several editorial boards, and has served as manuscript reviewer for many national and international journals. He is a recipient of numerous grants and awards; among the most recent are the Humanities & Arts Fellows program, College of Liberal Arts’ Achievements in Climate and Inclusion Award (ACI), AFS College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, Glasscock Research Publication, Open Education Champion Award, the Hispanic Studies Research Enhancement and High Impact Research Grants. He was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association, where he served as Secretary and Chair of the African Division.

Research Interests

  • Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Afro-Hispanic Studies