MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins 

Associate Professor of English

Penn State University
Greater Allegheny

Main 213
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132

Telephone: 412-675-9461



Ph. D., Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin.



The Western in the Global South. Book co-edited with Rita Keresztesi and Dayna Oscherwitz. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Hollywood's Africa After 1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2012.

Historical Dictionary of French Cinema. Book co-authored with Dayna Oscherwitz. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007. Published in paperback as The A to Z of French Cinema, 2009.


"The Winds of African Cinema." African Studies Review 58.3, 2015. 

"Trashing the Western’s Revenge Narrative in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Daratt." In The Western in the Global South. New York: Routledge, 2015.

"Hollywood’s Cowboy Humanitarians in Black Hawk Down and Tears of the Sun." In Hollywood's Africa After 1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2012.

"From Negritude to Migritude? Moussa Sene Absa’s Ainsi meurent les anges." African Literature Today 28, 2010.


"Ngambika and Grassroots Fiction: Amma Darko’s The Housemaid and Faceless." Invited essay in Broadening the Horizon: Critical Introductions to Amma Darko, ed. Vincent Odamtten. Oxfordshire, UK: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2007.

 "Writing Haiti from New York: Local and Cosmopolitan Resistance in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory." In African Literatures at the Millennium, ed. Arthur Drayton, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, and Peter Ukpokodu. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2007.

"Transnational, Transcultural Feminisms?
Amma Darko's Response in Beyond the Horizon." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 25.2, 2006.

"Creating an Alternative Library: Amma Darko Interviewed by Ellie Higgins." Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39.2, 2004.

"Urban Apprenticeships and Senegalese Narratives of Development." Research in African Literatures. 33.3, 2002.



Trauma in African Cinema: The Politics of the Wound (monograph)


Masterworks of African Literature

Mapping Identity, Difference, and Place

Human Rights and World Literature

Nobel Prize Literature

International Cultures: Literature and Film

Literature and Empire

Women Writers and Their Worlds



Editorial Board, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Executive Council, African Literature Association

Review Editor, Resources for American Literary Study

Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Executive Committee, Teaching International, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Program Committee, Silk Screen Film Festival



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