Associate Professor
Amoko’s new book project examines the deployment of sexuality in late colonial and postcolonial African literature and the figuration of the father as the embodiment of an increasingly beleaguered patriarchal tradition. Following Judith Butler, the book examines gender trouble in the postcolony. In addition to his book Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution, Amoko has contributed to The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory and The Cambridge Companion to African Literature.

Amoko’s work has also appeared in the journals Modern Drama, Callaloo, and Mosaic. His teaching interests are postcolonial theory and literatures, critical theory, cultural studies, ethnic literatures of Canada and the United States, and modern drama.


Associate Professor

Leah Rosenberg

She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University in 2000 and teaches Caribbean and Postcolonial studies. Her current book project: Tourist Empires, Migrating Nations narrates the intersecting histories of tourism from the global north to the Caribbean and of large-scale migration from the Caribbean to Latin America and the global north. It argues that both large-scale movements developed in concert and shaped modern Caribbean literature from the 1890s to the present. In 2017, she presented work from this project at the American Comparative Literature Association, the Caribbean Studies Association Conference, and the West Indian Literature conference. Her previous research focuses on literary historiography. Her book, Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature (Palgrave 2007) tells the story of how intellectuals in the English-speaking Caribbean first created a distinctly Caribbean and national literature in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With J. Dillon Brown, she co-edited Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar West Indian Literature (U Mississippi Press, 2015), an essay collection that significantly expands our understanding of West Indian literature of the 1950s by examining a broad spectrum of overlooked writers, genres, and topics. “Refashioning Caribbean Literary Pedagogy in the Digital Age,” (Caribbean Quarterly 62:3-4 (2017), pp. 422-444) describes her work in digital humanities and pedagogy.

She serves as co-chair of the advisory board of the Digital Library of the Caribbean, an open-access, international partnership dedicated to preserving and making accessible Caribbean library and archival materials. Since 2008, she has worked to expand its holdings in Anglophone Caribbean literature and history with the goal of building the library’s capacity as a commons for collaborative research and teaching. She reviews articles and publishes in the Jamaica Journal, Caribbean Quarterly, and Small Axe. She also serves on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Humanities PhD taskforce to expand professional training and placement for graduate students in the humanities. Her courses include, “Research and Writing in English and the Humanities,” critical surveys of Caribbean literature, and courses in Caribbean studies and digital humanities, designed and taught in collaboration with classes at the University of the West Indies (Barbados), Amherst College, and the University of Miami.

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Malini Johar Schueller

I have just finished working on a book on how suitable pedagogical subjects, through schooling, emerged as a central biopolitical technology of power that was deployed in the materially different circumstances of the colonization of the Philippines and that of occupation Japan. Engaging with an archive of state-sanctioned proclamations, educational agendas, school textbooks, novels, short stories, film, and political cartoons I critically juxtapose two connected sites and two distinct temporalities to offer a new way of assessing U.S. empire in the first half of the twentieth century, one that argues that colonialism and occupation are linked vis-à-vis the assimilative production of “knowledgeable” subjects. The book, Campaigns of Knowledge: Pedagogies of U.S. Colonialism and Occupation in the Philippines and Japan (Forthcoming, Temple University Press), brings together the fields of American cultural studies, postcolonial studies, Asian American studies and transpacific studies.

Two recent invited talks that exemplify the breadth of my engagement with US empire studies and race studies are my response to current scholars writing about the “Barbary” states in a conference titled “America and Muslim Worlds” sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and my lecture, “‘You taught me language’: Education, Racialization and forms of US imperial Governmentality” which was part of the Eminent Scholar Lecture Series at the University of Alabama. Three publications that are representative of my research are U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation and Gender in Literature, 1790-1890, “Decolonizing Global Theories Today: Hardt and Negri, Agamben, Butler,” “Colonial Management, Collaborative Dissent: English Readers in the Philippines and Camilo Osias, 1905-1932.” I have also directed a documentary, In His Own Home, about the police shooting of an African student on the UF campus. I am the undergraduate coordinator of the minor in Asian American studies and faculty advisor for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Sparks Magazine. Three courses I have taught recently are “Cultures of US Imperialism,” “Comparative Settler Colonialism,” and “Race, Empire, and Asian American Studies.”

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