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EDUCATION
Ph.D. African History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Expected May 2019
Madison, WI
Dissertation: ‘”I wish You All Vivid” – Producing and Consuming Nigerian Literature in the Post-colonial World,” In Progress

M.A. African History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, August 2015
Madison, WI
Masters Thesis: ‘”An On-going Experiment”: An Interstitial Reading of Nigerian Book Production, 1950s – 1970s’
Advisor: Florence Bernault

B.A. History and English, College of Wooster, May 2009
Wooster, OH
Senior Thesis: ‘“Nothing but a Fiction”: Rewriting History to Re-Imagine Identity in Third Generation Nigerian Fiction.’
Advisor: Professor Jennifer Hayward and Marc Goulding

Honors/ Awards: Magna cum laude, English and History departmental honors, the Aileen Durham Prize in History and the Waldo H. Dunn English Prize.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS
2016-2017, Fulbright Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
2016, History Department Research Travel Grant, UW-Madison
2016-2017, Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, UW-Madison
2016, Student Research Travel Grants – Research Travel Award, UW-Madison
2014 Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship
2013-2014 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship
2013 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad — Intensive Advance Yoruba in Nigeria
2012-2013 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship
Intended to support the recruitment and retention of highly qualified underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Contemporary Nigeria
Nigerian vernacular and Anglophone fiction
African global economies
World Literature
Book history
Digital humanities

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS AND TRAINING
Hausa: Completed 2 semester at University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2014-2015. Participated in 2-month intensive language training program at the University of Florida-Gainesville, Summer 2014. Advance-novice reading, speaking and writing skills.

Yoruba: Completed 4 semesters at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-2014. Participated in intensive language training program sponsored by Fulbright-Hays at University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Summer 2013. Coordinates Yoruba language table, 2013-2014. Intermediate speaking and listening comprehension. Intermediate-advance reading and writing skills.

French: Completed 2 semesters at Montgomery County Community College, 2011 – 2012. Novice reading and writing skills.

 

PUBLICATIONS
Claire Payton. “Q&A with Claire Payton on Haiti, spirituality, and oral history.” Interviewed by Caitlin Tyler-Richards. The OUPblog Tenth Anniversary Book: Ten Years of Academic Insights for the Thinking World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 74-79.

Co-Editor. ‘”Confessing Animals,” Redux: A Conversation between Alexander Freund and Erin Jessee.’ Oral History Review 41, no. 2 (2014): 314-324.

Co-Author. “Coda: Reading Beyond the Pages of the OHR.” Oral History Review 40, no. 2 (2013): 480-481.

 

CONFERENCES
Working Group. “Globalizing Book History & Bibliography.” 2017 Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference, October 2017.

Conference. “Beyond the Periphery: Re-Mapping Nigerian Literary Production, 1950 – 1990.” 2015 African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 2015.

Poster. “Welcome to Africa Cartoons!: Navigating Politics and Design through the Digital Archive.” Digital Humanities + Art Symposium: Going Public, April 2015.

Moderator. “Speaking the Script: Performing Gender.” Literati Undergraduate Conference on Language, Literature and the Humanities, March 2015.

 

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS
Spring 2016, Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1848-1877
Fall 2015, Introduction to African Languages and Literature
Spring 2015, Afro-Atlantic Histories and Peoples, 1791-Present
Fall 2014, Africa: An Introductory Survey

 

RELATED EMPLOYMENT
2013 – Present, AfricaCartoons Project Manager
Assists Professor Tejumola Olaniyan with design and population of online African cartoonist encyclopedia, AfricaCartoons.com.

2012 – 2014, Oral History Review Editorial assistant and Social media coordinator

2010 – 2012, Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice Executive Assistant
Served at poetry and social justice center based in Georgetown University’s English Department. Responsible for managing grant, executing events and brainstorming new programing with Lannan Director.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
African Studies Association
African Literature Association

 

RELEVANT GRADUATE-LEVEL COURSES

African History
Methods for Historical Research in Non-Literate Societies (Florence Bernault)
History of East Africa (Neil Kodesh)
The Twentieth Century African City (Emily Callaci)
African Diaspora Peoples and History (James H. Sweet)
Health, Healing and Science in Africa & the African Diaspora (Neil Kodesh and Pablo Gòmez) Gender and Sexuality in African History (Emily Callaci)
Material Culture, Magic and the Senses in Equatorial Africa (Florence Bernault)
Transnational Africa and the African Diaspora (James H. Sweet)

African Literature
Theory of African Literature (John Nimis)
Post-colonial Cultural Studies (Tejumola Olaniyan)
The Global Book: World Literature in the World Markets (B. Venkat Mani)

Last updated 3/2/2017