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Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford

Internationally known for her research in postcolonial writing and theory and the literature of empire, Elleke Boehmer (BA(Hons), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)) currently works on African story-telling and literary understandings of the Southern Hemisphere. She is also interested in questions of migration, identity and resistance in both postcolonial literature and writing of the colonial period, in particular of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Elleke Boehmer's main supervisory interests include anti-colonialism since 1870; life-writing and auto-biography; and the cross-overs between feminism and nationalism in colonial and postcolonial writing.

A Rhodes Scholar (1985-88), Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English, a Professorial Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College. Elleke writes both fiction and non-fiction, cultural history and criticism. Her most recent book of short stories is To the Volcano. For more on Elleke Boehmer's fiction please visit


  • –present
    Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford


Fellow of the Royal Literary Society, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.