MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins, PhD

Associate Professor of English
Office Phone: 412-675-9461
Office Location: Main Building 203
Mailing Address:
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

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MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins focuses on international conceptions of human rights, African literature and cinema, and critical theory. She serves on the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and on the Executive Council of the African Literature Association. She is Review Editor for the scholarly journal, Resources for American Literature Study. She is also Associate Producer of the 2015 film, Les Choses et les Mots de Mudimbe, by the Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo. 

Recent books by Professor Higgins are The Western in the Global South (coedited with Rita Kerestezi and Dayna Oscherwitz, 2015), and Hollywood’s Africa After 1994 (2012). She has published scholarly articles on African cinema and literature in Research in African Literatures, African Literature Today, African Studies Review, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, among other scholarly venues.

Teaching Interests:
Comparative literature, English, and film studies

FALL 2017
Class Class Title Days & Times Room
AFR 150-001 (25434) Africa in Cinema Tu Th 1:35PM - 2:50PM Main Building 204
ENGL 15-003 (16045) Rhetoric and Comp Tu Th 9:05AM - 10:20AM Frable Building 314
ENGL 215-001 (30388) Intro Article Wrtg TBA APPT
Office Hours Tu Th 10:30-12:00 and Tu Th 3:00-3:30    
Research Interests
Human rights in literature and cinema, trauma studies, African cinema, African literature, international film genres, and representations of Africa in cinema