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Helen Mugambi

Associate Professor


I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.and  obtained my PhD. in Comparative Literature (1988)  from Indiana University, Bloomington. Since 1989,  I have worked  as a Comparative Literature Specialist in the English  and Comparative Literature Department. Recently, I earned a Stanford University Humanities Fellowship (2002-2003) for my work on theory and African popular culture and  served as Chair of the African Studies' Aidoo/Snyder Prize for the best creative works on African women's experiences. Currently  I am serving on the Editorial Board for Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women's Studies. Here at the University, I have served as Acting Coordinator of the Women Studies Program.   I have also been appointed by the College Dean to serve as the H&SS Coordinator and Representative on the "Intercollegiate, International African Research Program".


1988, Ph.D., Indiana University

1978, M.A., Indiana University

1974, B.A. , Makerere University, Uganda

1971, Certificate, Mass Communication, Lubaga Social Training Center, Uganda

Research Areas

Gender and theory in oral and post colonial  written literatures; Theories of African song and popular culture, Black  Masculinities

Courses Regularly Taught

African/African American/Caribbean Literatures/Classical Mythology/Contemporary Novels in English/World Literatures; and Postcolonial Theory


Mugambi, Helen Nabasuta, ed., Tuzyline Jita Allan Masculinities in African Literary and Cultural Texts. Banbury: Ayebia Clarke, 2010

“Zimbabwean Feminist Art and the Politics of Representation” in Signs: A Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Winter 2008.

 “Reading Masculinity in a Feminist Text: Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions”  inThe Twelve Best Books by African Women, an anthology on African Women Writing. (forthcoming from Ohio University Press).

“African Woman,” (Poetry International. Issue # 12, p120-122(2008),

“The Post-Gender Question in African Studies” Forthcoming in Africa After Gender,Indiana University Press, 2007.

Speaking in Song: Power, Subversion and the Postcolonial Text”in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (2005).

 “Africa’s Walking Library.” Black Issues Book Review, 2(3)(May–June 2000): 29–31.

“From Story to Song: Gender, Nationhood, and the Migratory Text.” In Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa, edited by Maria Grosz-Ngate and Omari Kokole (pp. 205–22). New York: Routledge Press, 1997.

“Intersections: Gender, Orality, Text and Female Space in Kiganda Radio Songs.”Research in African Literatures 25(3)(Fall 1994): 47–70.

“From Radio to Video: Migratory Texts in Contempor­ary Luganda Song Narratives and Perfor­mances.” Passages: A Chronicle of the Humanities 8 (1994): 8, 12, 14, 15.

“Texts in Objects: Handcrafts, Homestead Exhibits and the Genera­tion of a Gendered Text in Mityana Women’s Festival Songs and Perfor­mances.” Passages: A Chronicle of the Humanities 7 (1994): 6, 9.

“Re-Creating a Discourse: The Scriptable Novels of Nwapa and Emecheta.”Understanding “Women”: The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Perspectives—Papers in Comparative Studies 7 (1991–92): 167–79.

“The Dynamics of the Story Telling Process: Kiganda Prose Narratives.” In Cross Rhythms, edited by Kofi Anyidoho et al. (pp. 43–67). Bloomington, IN: Trickster Press, 1983.