Dr. Adaku T. Ankumah

Adaku T. Ankumah, PhD, Professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Communication, and Philosophy, received her B.A. Hons, Diploma in Education degree from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana; her M.A. in English and her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching composition and literature at Tuskegee University for many years and mentored many students, some of who have now earned their PhDs. In addition to her teaching, her research interests include gender and politics in the works of African women authors like Mariama Bâ, Ama Ata Aidoo and Tsitsi Dangarembga; revolutionary drama, and Anglophone Cameroonian Literature. She has edited Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization, a collection of essays that takes a multidisciplinary approach to onomastics— the cultural and ethnic clues names carry, and their role in identity formation. Together with Drs. William Ndi, Ben Fishkin, she has co-edited Fears, Doubts, and Joys of not Belonging; Outward Evil Inward Battle: Human Memory in Literature; The Repressed Expressed; and published book chapters examining memory, alienation, and nomenclature in literature.