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Angela Naimou

Angela Naimou

Associate Professor

Department of English
Office: 709 Strode

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


Global Studies, Cultures of the Americas and the Middle East

Research Interests: Contemporary Literature; Postcolonial Studies; American Studies in Global Contexts; Law and Human Rights. Angela Naimou teaches and writes about contemporary literature and its capacious engagements with law, empire, the state, race, and migration. She is at work on two projects. One is a book about contemporary literature and international border regimes. It brings English, Spanish, and Arabic languages and literary forms together to examine literary and activist conceptions of futurity in the global migration order, especially as it involves militarized borders and resource extraction as well as refuge, asylum, detention, and deportation. Naimou is also working on Diaspora and Literary Studies, a critical volume to be published as part of Cambridge UP’s Critical Concepts Series.

Naimou co-edits Humanity journal, a multidisciplinary and international journal of human rights, humanitarianism, and development (U Penn). The statement by the editorial collective can be found here. She also serves as Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Literature (U Wisconsin). She recently served on the Motherboard of ASAP as Treasurer between 2017 and 2019, helping to guide the association at a time of major growth.


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)

“Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Microfiction” for Cambridge Companion to Twenty-First Century American Literature. Ed. Joshua Miller. Cambridge UP.

Mediterranean Returns: Elegy and Forced Migration,” in Writing Beyond the State: Post-Sovereign Approaches to Human Rights in Literary Studies. Edited by Alexandra S. Moore and Samantha Pinto. Palgrave (forthcoming in 2020)

“Moving Futures.” American Literary History 31.3 (2019): 502–518

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

"What a Very Strange Thing Legal Precedent Is: Talking to Angela Naimou." 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.

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.

Reviews & Interviews

“An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen.” Co-interviewed with M. LeMahieu. Contemporary Literature 58.4 (Winter 2017): 438-461.

“Between Disgust and Regeneration: An Interview with Wangechi Mutu.” ASAP/Journal 1.3 (September 2016): 337–363. Co-conducted with Tiffany E. Barber.

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