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Rose A. Sackeyfio

Position: Associate Professor Department: English

Contact Info

Office: 224 Hall Patterson Phone: 336-750-2026 Fax: 336-750-2180

Biography

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 PhD (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.

Educational Background

  • PhD, 1992, Ahmadu Bello University
  • MS, 1982, Hunter College C.U.N.Y.
  • BA, 1971, Brooklyn College C.U.N.Y.

Research and Projects 

The National Endowment for the Humanities India Area Studies Award at WSSU is a rewarding opportunity for professional development and research into the literature of Indian and other south Asian women writers. An important outcome of this new research interest is the articulation of strong similarities between African and Indian women's lives. These are evident in culturally defined roles for women, values, customs and practices and Hindu religion. . Further, I have made inroads in researching Indian, Nepali and Tibetan women's writing. These new works will form a unit on South Asian women's writing in ENG 2306 Women's Writing in a Global Context that will be taught in spring 2014. In addition, a joint publication on Hindu and African Goddesses is underway between myself and Dr. Sasi Kiran. In sum, first hand exposure to a new culture has afforded multiple rewards and enhanced my knowledge and research into women's lives as expressed in their literature.