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Derek Gideon

Derek Gideon
252 Burrowes Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-1125


  1. A.B. Princeton University, Comparative Literature, 2012


I am a third-year MA/PhD in the dual title program in Comparative Literature and African Studies.

I work with Swahili, Kuria, and Ge’ez, and am currently learning Arabic

I am interested in poetry and poetics, oral literature, praise poetry, Marxism, postcolonial theory, and African socialism(s).

Classes Taught:

Swahili 001-003

Areas of Specialization:

African Literature and Criticism, Poetry and Poetics, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Translation and Translation Studies, and Critical Theory and Philosophy