Tragedy and History in Chinua Achebe’s Rural Novels
Jean G. and Morris M. Doyl Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of English at Stanford
UW Kane Hall
Ato Quayson is the Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Chair of the Department of English at Stanford, and President of The African Studies Association. He graduated with a First Class Honors in English and Arabic from the University of Ghana before proceeding to complete his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He taught at the University of Cambridge (1995-2005), was Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto (2005-2017), Professor of Postcolonial and African Literature at NYU (2017-2019) before coming to Stanford. He has published 6 monographs and 8 edited collections, with his latest book being Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge UP, 2021). He is an elected member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and of the British Academy.n addition to his scholarly work on affect, postcolonialism, and African studies, Professor Quayson produces and hosts the YouTube channel “Critic.Reading.Writing.” His Katz Distinguished Lecture will be on cosmopolitanism and nostalgia in African cities and Africa’s diverse diasporas.