Dr. Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi
Director of Diversity Programs
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A graduate of the University of Yaounde, Cameroon (BA, MA, Doctorat) and McGill University, Canada (Ph.D.), Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi is Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Department of English at North Carolina State University where her teaching areas include graduate and undergraduate courses in African literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, women’s and gender studies, as well as seminars on African War Narratives, Feminist Theory, Third World Feminisms, and Postcolonial Theory.
She is also the Director of Diversity Programs & Faculty/Staff Diversity of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Before coming to North Carolina State University in 2006, Dr. Nfah-Abbenyi spent eleven years at the University of Southern Mississippi and one year in Minnesota as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Color at St. Cloud State University.
In 2009, Chancellor Randy Woodson appointed Dr. Nfah-Abbenyi as a Park Faculty Scholar noting in his letter that “Faculty involvement is an integral part of the Park Scholarships program. As a Park Faculty Scholar, you are asked to further develop the academic enhancement components of the program, with a focus on working with Park Scholars, Class of 2013. . . . It is my hope that the Park Scholarships can provide a model of how we can better involve all talented undergraduates in the academic life of the university.” The Class of 2013 held their senior gala on May 10, 2013.
Dr. Nfah-Abbenyi writes fiction under the pen name Makuchi. Her short story, “Woman of the Lake,” published in 2011, a story about the 1986 Lake Nyos disaster that devastated and wiped out entire communities in the North West Region of Cameroon was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She sat down with NPR-WUNC’s Frank Stasio to discuss her book The Sacred Door on “The State of Things”: http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/sot0609abc08.mp3/mediafile_view
Dr. Nfah-Abbenyi is the author of Gender in African Women’s Writing: Identity, Sexuality, and Difference (Indiana University Press, 1997), Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon (Ohio University Press, 1999), The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba (Ohio University Press, 2008), Reflections: An Anthology of New Works by African Women Poets, edited with Anthonia Kalu and Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013). She served as a Co-Editor of a special double issue of Journal des Africanistes 80.1-2 (2010) on “Création littéraire et archives de la mémoire/Literary Creation and the Archives of Memory,” as the Guest Editor of a special issue of The Global South 5.2 (2011) on “Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights in the Age of Globalization” and the Guest Editor of a special supplement of Free Verse 22 (2012) on “Anglophone Cameroonian Poetry.”
See her CV for her other publications, invited lectures, fiction readings, conference presentations, university, state, national and international activities and engagement.
Dr. Nfah-Abbenyi’s current research interests focus on African war narratives. She’s also working on a story about her experience of Hurricane Katrina while living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 2005.
- PhD in Comparative Literature from McGill University, 1994
- Doctorat de Troisieme Cycle in Negro-African Literature (African and African American Literatures) from University of Yaounde, 1987
- Maitrise (MA) in Negro-African Literature from University of Yaounde, 1981
- Licence es Lettres Biligues (BA) in Bilingual Letters in English and French from University of Yaounde, 1979
- Diplome d'Etudes Fondamentales in Modern English Letters from University of Yaounde, 1978