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Faculty Bio

Naimou, Angela

Naimou, Angela

Associate Professor

Office: 709 Strode

Ph.D. English, Cornell University; M.A. English, Cornell University; B.A. English, University of Michigan

Research Interests: Contemporary Literature; American Studies; Postcolonialism; Human Rights; Literatures of the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, and Middle East. Angela Naimou teaches and writes about contemporary literature and its capacious engagements with histories of law, empire, race, migration, and the state. She is currently at work on a book project entitled “Refugee Futurity: Global Forms of Refuge and Refusal.”

She is Co-Editor of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development (U Penn) and Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Literature (U Wisconsin). She currently serves as Treasurer for The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP).

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood (Fordham 2015)
Winner, ASAP Book Prize for best scholarly study of the arts of the present.
Honorable Mention, MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize for outstanding scholarly study of African American literature or culture.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

Dossier on Contemporary Refugee Timespaces, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. 8.3 (Winter 2017).

Interview with Andy Fitch for the Los Angeles Review of Books blog (Here) (Winter 2017).

“Double Vision: Refugee Crises and the Afterimages of Endless War.” College Literature. 43.1 (Winter 2016).

The Banalization of War, a special issue of College Literature. 43.1 (Winter 2016). Co-edited and co-authored introduction (“‘What the World Looks Like’: On Banality and Spectacle”) with Graham MacPhee.

“Between Disgust and Regeneration: An Interview with Wangechi Mutu.” ASAP/Journal. Co-interviewed with Tiffany E. Barber. (Forthcoming September 2016)

Locating African American Literature, a themed issue of The South Carolina Review 46.2 (Spring 2014). Co-edited with Rhondda Thomas.

“Masking Fanon.” Human Rights and Cultural Forms, special issue of College Literature 40.3 (2013): 38-59.

“‘I Need Many Repetitions’: Rehearsing the Haitian Revolution in the Shadows of the Sugar Mill.” Callaloo 35.1 (2012), pp 173-192.

“‘Death in Life’: Conflation, Decolonization, and the Zombi(e) in Kathy Acker’s Empire of the Senseless.” Kathy Acker: Transnationalism and Transatlanticism. Eds. Polina Mackay and Kathryn Nicol. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.