Huma Ibrahim, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
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Post Doctoral Certificate: University of Michigan, 8/91

Ph.D., English, Indiana University, 5/88

Minor: Comparative literature (African Literature)

M.A., English, Indiana University, Bloomington, 6/79

M.A., English, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, 8/76

B.A., English & Philosophy, Kinnaird College, Lahore, Pakistan, 12/74


Fulbright Specialist Grant, Ibn Tufail University Morocco, 2021

Internal Grant for Punjabi Weave, Qatar University 2010

Provosts Grant for Summer Research and Travel, Long Island University, 1999

Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, at the Womanist Studies Consortium,

University of Georgia, Athens (1998)

Council for International Exchange of Scholars Award: Lecturing and Research

Award under the Fulbright Program with Pakistan (1996-7)

Zora Neale Hurston Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies and Research in

the African Humanities, Northwestern University (1994-5)

University Senate Research Fellowship, American University (5/94-5/95)

DuBois-Mandela-Rodney Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann

Arbor, MI (9/90-5/91


Recent Publications: 


1. Bessie Head: Subversive Identities in Exile (Charlottesville:

University of Virginia Press, 1996)

2. Emerging Perspectives on Bessie Head, (Trenton NJ: Africa World Press,

2004) As editor and contributor, I wrote the “Introduction” as well as “The

Problematic Relationship of Western Canonicity and African Literature:

The Not-so-Singular Case of Bessie Head” in this volume.

3. The Epistemology of Colonial/Postcolonial Violence (Africa World Press,


4. The Other Body: Sexuality, Spectacle Silence (Trenton NJ: Africa

World Press, 2021)


Published Articles

1.“Embedded Postcoloniality in Post-Apartheid Literature,” Journal of the

African Literature Association. Vol 9, No 2 Summer/Fall 2015

2. “Head, Bessie”; Twentieth-Century World Fiction. Vol. III of The

Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction. Vol. ed. John Clement Ball; gen

ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 1124-26.

3. Entries on Gender and Sexuality, Bessie Head, Noni Jabavu, Farida

Karodia, Ellen Kuzwayo, Lauretta Ngcobo, Miriam Tlali, and Zoe Wicomb

included in Encyclopedia of African Literature, ed by Simon Gikandi (London

and New York: Routledge, 2003)

4.“Speaking in Tongues in the Living Past” Thamyris. Vol 6, No 2. January

2000, pp 195-214

5. “Transnational Migrations and the debate of English Writing in/of Pakistan,”

Ariel 29:1, January 1998, 33-48. I was asked to write this article by the editor Alamgir Hashmi

for the 50th Jubilee of the independence of Pakistan and India.

6. “Ontological Victimhood: ‘Other’ Bodies in Madness and Exile: Towards a

Third-World Feminist Epistemology.” ed., Obioma Nnaemeka, The Politics of

(M)Othering: Womanhood, Identity, and Resistance in African Literature

(London: Routledge, 1997) 147-161.

7. “The Troubled Past: Literature of Severing and Viewer/Viewed Dialectic”;

eds., Deepika Bahri & Mary Vasudeva, in an anthology titled: Between the

Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality (Philadelphia: Temple University

Press, 1996) 298- 311

8. “The Violated Universe: NeoColonial Sexual and Political Consciousness

in Dambudzo Marachera,” Research in African Literatures v. 21, no. 2,

Summer, 1990 79-90

9. “Autobiographical Content of South African Women Writers: The Personal

and the Political” Biography East and West. Ed. Carol Ramelb (Honolulu:

University of Hawaii Press, 1989)

10. “Women and Education in Islam.”  Forum: A Women Studies Quarterly,

v. 10, no. 3, Spring 1984, University of Cincinnati


1. Review of Ghassan Hage’s Against Paranoid Nationalism: Searching for

Hope in a Shrinking Society in Antipodes: A North American Journal of

Australian Literature vol 17, no 2, December 2003 174-5

2. Review of Irene Assiba D’Almeida’s, Francophone African Women Writers:

Destroying the Emptiness of Silence and M. Keith Booker’s, The African Novel in

English: An Introduction in African Studies Quartely: Vol 2, Issue 2. May 1998.

3. Review of Piniel V. Shava: A Peoples Voice: Black South African Writing in

the Twentieth Century in African Studies Review, vol 33, no 2., 1990. 223-4

4. Review of Bessie Head’s Posthumous collections, Tales of Tenderness and

Power; A Woman Alone and A Gesture of Belonging in African Studies

Review, vol 35, no 3, 1992. 119-12


“Kamala Das” (poem), The Massachusetts Review 29 (1988-89)

Recent Grant Awards: 
Certificate of Merit: In Recognition of Outstanding Service as Deputy Vice President, African Literature Association, 2013/2014