The Center for Africana Studies Welcomes Nadia Nurhussein

The Center for Africana Studies is thrilled to welcome Nadia Nurhussein, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English, to Johns Hopkins University. Professor Nurhussein specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American literature and culture. Her book, Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry (The Ohio University Press, 2013) challenges standard readings of literary dialect as deformation of written speech or accurate representation of oral speech. Her current book, Abyssinia’s Power: Imperial Ethiopianism and African American Literature examines the literary presence of Ethiopia in America over two centuries. We anticipate that Abyssinia’s Power will resonate with research by the Center’s scholars in history, political science, and the humanities broadly, as well as in Africana Studies.
Professor Nurhussein previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and at Mount Holyoke College; Her PhD in English is from the University of California, Berkeley (2004). Professor Nurhussein, who is also a poet, has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the American Council of Learned Societies.