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Associate Professor
Contact Info

Office: Keezell 205

Phone: (540) 568-6391

Spring 2024 Office Hours:
T/Th 12:45-2:15pm and by appointment

Arabic Literature, African Literature, World Literature, Transnational Anglophone and 
          Postcolonial Literature, Afrofuturism, Speculative Fiction

Ph.D., African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., English, Goshen College

William L. Crawford Award for Best Fantasy Debut, 2014 
Astounding Award for Best New Writer, 2014 
British Fantasy Award, 2014 
World Fantasy Award, 2014


The White Mosque (Catapult Press, 2022)
Monster Portraits
 (With Del Samatar. Rose Metal Press, 2018)
Tender: Stories (Small Beer Press, 2017)
The Winged Histories (Small Beer Press, 2016)
A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press, 2013)

Articles and Book Chapters
“Verticality and Vertigo: Spatial Effects in Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North.” Comparative Literature, vol. 71, no. 1, 2019, pp. 19-40.

“Towards a Planetary History of Afrofuturism.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 48, no. 4, 2017, pp. 175-191.

“Spectacle of the Other: Recreating A Thousand and One Nights in Film.” Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives, edited by Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, and Kendra Magnus-Johnston, Routledge, 2015, pp. 34-47.

Selected Short Fiction
“Fairy Tales for Robots.” Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, edited by Jonathan Strahan, Solaris, 2020. 

“Wolf Tones.” Conjunctions, Issue 73, 2019. 

“Hard Mary.” Lightspeed, Issue 100, 2018. Reprinted in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2019.

“Ogres of East Africa.” Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres Press, 2014. Reprinted in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2015.

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