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About Ann Elizabeth Willey


July 2017 - Present Professor, University of Louisville Department of English
June 2016 - Present Director of Composition, University of Louisville Department of English
July 2002 - July 2017 Associate Professor, University of Louisville Department of English
1996 - July 2002 Assistant Professor, University of Louisville Department of English
1998 - 1999 Fulbright Visiting Professor, Universite de Ouagadougou
1993 - 1996 Assistant Professor of English, Southwest Missouri State University
1992 - 1993 Lecturer, Northwestern University ‐ Comparative Literature Program

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Member, Executive Council, African Literature Association
2015 - Present Chair, Publicity Committee, African Literature Association
2005 - Present Reviewer, Mosaic
2004 - Present Reviewer, Research in African Literatures
2003 Advisor, Chadwyck-Healey Online Literature Project
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Honors and Awards

  • 2016-2018 Faculty Fellow, Undergraduate Affairs, Office of the Provost, University of Louisville
  • 2015 Nominated for Provost’s Award for Exemplary Advising, Faculty, University of Louisville
  • 2008 Provost’s Award for Exemplary Advising, University of Louisville
  • 2008 National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Award, University of Louisville
  • 2005, 2010, 2013 Nominated, “Faculty Favorite”, University of Louisville
  • 1998-99 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Lecturing/Research at the Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • 1996 NEH Summer Institute Fellow, "Literature and the Modern Experience in Africa" July 6-August 16, Accra, Ghana. Sponsored by The Ohio State University and University of Ghana-Legon
  • 1994 Summer Faculty Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, SMSU
  • 1993 Faculty Development Grant, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, SMSU
  • 1991-92 Teaching Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 1990-1991 MacArthur Junior Scholar for field research in Dakar, Senegal awarded by the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University
  • 1988-1990 Teaching Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 1987-1988 University Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 1987 A.B. received with highest honors in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan


1993 PhD, Northwestern University ‐ Comparative Literature and Theory
1987 AB, With Highest Honors, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ‐ Comparative Literature

Contact Information

Department of English
University of Louisville


Edited Collections (1)

Peer-reviewed journal essays and chapters in edited collections (15)

Book Reviews (3)