Rose A. Sackeyfio
My educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (1971) and Master
of Science Degree (1982) from Brooklyn and Hunter College of the City University of New York respectively. I completed a Ph. D. (1992) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria where I taught for 10 years. Since my return to the United States in 1992 I have taught in the Department of English at Winston Salem State University. My area of specialization is the literature of African and African-American Women. My academic and research interests evolved from over 35 years of travel and research in West Africa. I am especially interested in the examination of cultural traditions, and economic and political forces that affect the role and status of African women in contemporary society. My scholarly activities include a strong focus on International Education, Women's and Gender Studies, literary criticism and promotion of African Women writers. Of special relevance to my life and work is a commitment to bridge the historical and cultural gap between Africa and her Diaspora. My publications and scholarly pursuits explore various aspects of the lives of African women in a global arena. The development of Feminist perspectives in literature is thus critical, as writers explore how women continue to experience the intersection of race, class and gender in the 21st century.
Research and Project Interests:
"Mothering Black: A Cross Cultural Perspective on Mothering in the Nigerian Academy": in Laboring on: Testimony, Theory and Transgressions of Black Mothering in the Academy Publication date, Spring 2013, Michigan U. Press.
Paper," Black Women's Bodies in a Global Economy: Sex, Lies and Slavery in Trafficked by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe". African Literature Assoc. Conference, April 14, 2011. Athens, Ohio. Accepted for publication in Journal of African Literature Ed. Ghirmai Negash
Book Chapter: "Feminist Perspectives" in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus and Everything Good will Come by Sefi Atta : Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the African Diaspora: Ed. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Michigan State U. Press., August 2012.
"Feminism in African Women's Literature: Recasting Sisterhood in Everything Good Will Come and Swallow by Sefi Atta: Editor: Sefi Atta Reader Walter Collins III, Interlink Books, Dec. 2012.
LLS 1321 Feminist Voices in African Women's Literature
HUM 2315 Black Women's Identity through Time
ENG 2306 Women's Literature in a Global Context
HUM 2310 African American Culture
ENG 2301 World Literature
Research Initiation Proposal Approved April 29, 2011: Ghana Film Project: Project to be completed June 30, 2012, Accra, Ghana
Council on International Educational Exchange: International Faculty Development Seminar: Religion, Ecology and Identity in Tibet Summer 2011
Proposal for India Area Studies (India Task Force) submitted: May-June 2011, Approval of India Internationalization Project: announced Dec. 4, 2011, Ongoing Spring 2012-Spring 2013.
College Language Association
African Studies Association
African Literature Association
Sigma Tau Delta