Tembi Charles

Tembi Charles

Predoctoral Fellow Africana Research Center
Membership Secretary African Studies Association Women's Caucus
2020/21 Chair Graduate Caucus of the African Literature Association
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Tembi Charles


Masters of Arts (English Studies), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 2016.
BA Honors (English Studies), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 2013.
BA General, (English Literature and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies),University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 2012.

Professional Bio

Tembi Charles joined the Pennsylvania State University as a PhD student in Comparative Literature and African Studies in 2017.


Areas of Specialization:

African Diaspora Literatures and Cultures

Sub-Saharan Literatures of Migration and Visual Art

Postcolonial Literatures, Theory and Criticism

Poetry and Poetics


Classes Taught

ENGL 15 Rhetoric and Composition

CMLIT 471 Poetry and Poetics

CMLIT 100 Reading Across Cultures

CMLIT 10 Introduction to World Literature

CMLIT 108 Myth and Mythology

AFR 110 Introduction to Contemporary Africa