MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins

Associate Professor of English, Pennyslvania State University, Greater Allegheny


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.



"At the Intersection of Trauma, Precarity, and African Cinema: A Reflection on Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Grigris." In Kenneth W. Harrow and Carmela Garritano (Eds.), The Companion to African Cinema. Wiley Blackwell, 2018.

"Speculative Migration and the Project of Futurity in Sylvestre Amoussou's Africa Paradis." In Cajetan Iheka and Jack Taylor (Eds.), African Migration Narratives: Politics, Race, and Space. University of Rochester Press, 2018.

"Scandalous Women, Patriarchal Nationhood, and Narratives of 'Development': Assia Djebar's Fantasia and Ingrid Sinclair's Flame." In Obioma Nnaemeka and Jennifer Thorington Springer (Eds.), Unraveling Gender, Race, and Diaspora. Africa World Press, 2016.

"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 AmmaDarko, 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 (monograph)



Masterworks of African Literature

Africa in Cinema

Mapping Identity, Difference, and Place

Human Rights and World Literature

Social Justice and the Image



Review Editor, Resources for American Literary Study

Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Editorial Board, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Executive Council, African Literature Association

Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Executive Committee, Teaching International, Penn State Greater Allegheny



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