University of California, Riverside

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Anthonia Kalu

Anthonia Kalu


Gender & Sexuality Studies
HMNSS 2500

Research Areas

  • African literatures; African Oral Traditions; African American literature; African gender studies; women in development; African and African American literary theory construction; Women in the African Diaspora, African development issues and multiculturalism.


Ph.D. (1984) in African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin (Sub-specialty: African-American Literature)


Anthonia Kalu is a professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature & Foreign  Languages and Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside. She comes to UCR from the  Ohio State University-Columbus, Ohio. In Summer 2014, she served as a Carnegie African  Diaspora Fellow at the University of Ilorin-Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria on capacity  building, research development and mentoring for faculty and graduate students.  She is a Past President (2013-2014) of the African Literature Association (ALA). Kalu has  served as president of the Women’s Caucus of the African Literature Association  (WOCALA), and on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies  Association. She has also served as a Board Member for the African Studies Association  (USA).  She is currently editing an anthology titled Women in Contemporary African Literature. She  is also continuing work on a book-length project titled, Language, Woman and Story:  African Literature and Social Transformation. Her awards include a Ford Foundation  postdoctoral fellowship, a Rockefeller writer-in-residence fellowship and a National  Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship for teachers. Her published works  include articles in journals like Africa Today, Research in African Literatures, African  Studies Review, the Atlantic Literary Review, Seminar, and the Literary Griot. Kalu is also a  creative writer (fiction).



  • Women, Literature and Development in Africa (Africa World Press, 2001)
  • Broken Lives and Other Stories (Fiction) (Ohio University Press, 2003)
  • Rienner Anthology of African Literature (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007).
    • This anthology was a winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award (2007) in the reference category. It is the first work of its kind in African literature.
  • Co-editor; Reflections: An Anthology of New Works by African Women Poets (2013)
  • Co-editor; Chinua Achebe: A Tribute (1930-2013), (ALA Books, 2013). 

Selected Articles and Book Chapters: 

  • "Those Left Out in the Rain: African Literary Theory and the Reinvention of the African Woman," in African Studies Review. 37:2 (September 1994): 77-95.
    • Also published by Southwestern Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona as part of the SIROW Working Paper, No. 30 (1993).
  • "Undisputed Womanhood, Uncrowned Glory: African American Women and the Literary Experience" in Feminist Collections 15:2 (winter, 1994): 8-10. "
  • The Priest/Artist Tradition in African Literature." Article solicited by Africa Today. Vol. 41, No.2 (1994): 51-62.
  • “Gendered Migrations: African Identities and Globalization,” in Mojubaolu Olufunke and Olufemi Vaughan, Eds, Transnational Africa and Globalization. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.
  • “Alienated Histories: Mapping Landscapes of Women’s Participation in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah,” in Helen Chukwuma, ed., Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press (2011).
  • “Women, Narrative Traditions and African Religious Thought,” in, Afe Adogame and Others, eds., African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa: An Introduction, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. (March, 2012).

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