Ayo A. Coly

Academic Appointments
  • Class of 1925 Professorship

  • Professor, Comparative Literature & African and African American Studies

  • Research Associate, The University of Johannesburg


Choate House, Room 202
HB 6134


African and African American Studies


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

  • Postcolonial Hauntologies: African Women's Discourses of the Female Body. (University of Nebraska Press, 2019.)

  • The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender, Migration, and the Claims of Postcolonial Nationhood in Francophone African Literatures. (Lexington Books, 2010)

  • Homophobic Africa?, editor; special issue of African Studies Review, special issue 56.2 (2013)


  • "He who Sows Colonization Will Reap Immigration: Some Insights from the New Migritude." The Minnesota Review  94 (Spring 2020)

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Works In Progress

  • African Literature from Above Meets World Literature from Below (book on World Literature and Congolese/French writer Alain Mabanckou)

  • The Arts of Gender Parity: Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal (book)

Postcolonial Hauntologies