Professor of Francophone Studies (Africa, Caribbean), Faculty Affiliate with Africana Studies, World Literature Program and Human Rights Pracice, University of Arizona

Phyllis Taoua is professor of Francophone Studies (Africa, Caribbean) and is affiliated with Africana Studies, World Literature and Human Rights Practice at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She teaches courses on African literature and cinema, Critical Theory, Global Africa, Pan-African Protest Movements and Contemporary France. She is the author of a new book entitled African Freedom: How Africa Responded to Independence (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and a first book, Forms of Protest: Anti-Colonialism and Avant-Gardes in Africa, the Caribbean and France (Heinemann, 2002). She has edited special issues on Sony Labou Tansi, Sembène Ousmane, and Mongo Beti and has more than fifty publications that have appeared in World Literature Today, The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel, Transition, SubStance, Research in African Literatures, Cahier d’Études Africaines, South Central Review and Journal of African Cultural Studies. She was the recipient of a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation award and Resident Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She served on the Executive Committee of the Forum on African Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the MLA and has presented her research in North America, Europe and Africa. She was a Tucson Public Voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project, 2015-2016. She is currently at work on an audio-visual project documenting the idea of freedom in Africa in African languages.


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