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Rose A. Sackeyfio

Associate Professor of English and Liberal Studies, Winston-Salem State University

Rose A. Sackeyfio has taught in the Department of English and Liberal Studies at Winston Salem State University for almost three decades. Her research and teaching are situated at the nexus of inter-disciplinary scholarship on literatures of African and African-Diaspora women, Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies and recently, South Asian Women’s Writing. Her research interests evolved from over 40 years of travel and research in West Africa. Her publications and scholarly pursuits explore various aspects of the lives of African and African Diaspora women in the global arena. She is the author of West African Women in the Diaspora: Narratives of Other Spaces, Other Selves (Routledge, 2021). She is editor of a volume of critical essays, Women Writing Diaspora in the 21st Century (Lexington Books, 2021) and co-editor of a collection of critical essays, Emerging Perspectives on Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo (Lexington 2017). Her other publications include many book chapters in edited collections and peer-reviewed articles in the leading journals, African Literature Today and the Journal of the African Literature Association among others. Dr. Sackeyfio’s forthcoming book is African Women Narrating Identity: Local and Global Journeys of the Self (Routledge 2023).

Her commitment to innovative research and curriculum development in cultural studies, and women’s writing has been funded by several grants. She was Co-Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Initiative: Integrating India into the Liberal Arts Curriculum (2011). The WSSU Research Initiation Proposal Grant funded the documentary, Building Bridges: the Untold African Story (2012) that examines the historical and cultural linkages between Ghana and the African Diaspora through memory, identity and reconnection in the 21st century. She was awarded the University of North Carolina India Technology Learning Grant (2015) to develop a Synchronous Video/Technology course on cross-cultural themes from Africa and the African Diaspora, Indian and South Asian literatures, and culture between WSSU and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, India. Dr. Sackeyfio was the recipient of the UNC Curriculum Grant (2015) to research Chinese Women’s Literature at Yunnan Minzu University in China in addition to being a guest lecturer for five weeks (2016), where she presented lectures on Feminism, Cultural Identity in the Global Age, Post-Colonial Literature and New Perspectives on Literary Criticism.

Rose A. Sackeyfio’s scholarly engagements include numerous presentations in the USA and international conferences in Europe, Africa and Asia including invited guest lectures in China and India. She remains committed to international education as a path to building bridges across cultures in an era of globalization and transformation.

Dr. Sackeyfio’s current research examines the experiences of African female students in China and constitutes a larger project on the ways in which African Women in China have negotiated gendered spaces within the context of globalization.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of English and Liberal Studies, Winston-Salem State University