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Ghirmai Negash

Ghirmai Negash, portrait
Ellis 344, Athens Campus

Ghirmai Negash is Professor of English & African Literature in the English Department and Director of the African Studies Program at Ohio University.

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Ph.D., Leiden University, The Netherlands;

Scholarly Focus

Negash was the founder and former chair of the Department of Eritrean Languages and Literature at the University of Asmara (2001-2005). His research interests include African literatures from the Horn of Africa and South Africa, critical theory, and translation.


He is the author of A History of Tigrinya Literature in Eritrea and The Freedom of the Writer & Other Cultural and Literary Essays (in Tigrinya), and co-translator and editor of Who Needs a Story?

His work has also appeared in journals and edited volumes including Teaching Life Writing Texts, eds. Fuchs, M. and C. Howes (New York: MLA, 2008), Research in African Literatures 40.3 (2009), Biography 32.1 (2009), Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies (2)2010, and Dirty Goat 25 (2011).

Recent additions to his publication are an Introduction to Phaswane Mpe’s novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow (Ohio University Press), and a Translation of Gebreyesus Hailu’s novel The Conscript (Ohio University Press).

Courses Taught

  • ENG 780: Post Colonial African Literature
  • ENG 453: Studies in World Literature
  • ENG 399: Critical Theory
  • ENG 537: Critical Theory (Graduate)