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Iyunolu Osagie

Iyunolu Osagie

Associate Professor of English and African Studies

430 Burrowes Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-0334


  1. Ph.D. in English (Cornell University)
  2. MA in English (Cornell University)
  3. MA in English Literature (University of Ife, Nigeria)
  4. BA in English and Literary Studies (University of Ife, Nigeria)


Iyun Osagie is Associate Professor of English and African Studies at Penn State. She is the author of the award winning book, The Amistad Revolt: Memory, Slavery, and the Politics of Identity in the US and Sierra Leone(U of Georgia P, 2000, 2003). She has also published Theater in Sierra Leone: Five Popular Plays (Africa World Press, 2009), an edited collection. In addition she has written a play about the Sierra Leone civil war, The Shield. This play has been performed at universities in the US and in Nigeria. She has also published book chapters, as well as articles in top tier journals, such as African American ReviewCultural StudiesCallaloo,Historical GeographyAnnals of Tourism Research, and Massachusetts Review. She is currently working on a book project on Femi Euba, a prolific Nigerian playwright. She teaches Black Diaspora Transnational Literatures and Theories, Modernism, African American Writers, Black Playwrights, Performance Studies, African Literature, Third World Feminisms, and Postcolonial Literatures.