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MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins teaches comparative literature, writing, and film studies courses at the Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny. Her books include The Western in the Global South (an edited volume with Rita Kerestezi and Dayna Oscherwitz, Routledge, 2015) and Hollywood’s Africa After 1994 (Ohio University Press, 2012). She has published articles on African cinema and literature in the journals Research in African Literatures, African Literature Today, African Studies Review, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, among other scholarly venues. She is an executive producer of Kivu Ruhorahoza's film Europa: Based on a True Story (2019), and associate producer of two films by Jean-Pierre Bekolo: Mudimbe’s Order of Things (2015) and Naked Reality (2016). Her next project is a book on the expansion of the terms of trauma in African cinema. She is the Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Coordinator at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Comparative literature, English, and film studies
writing and human rights
international trauma theories
curatorial approaches to film
“The Ghostly Matter of Asylum in Kivu Ruhorahoza’s A Tree Has Fallen.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 56(1), University of Pretoria, 2019
“Speculative Migration and the Project of Futurity in Sylvestre Amoussou's Africa Paradis.” In Cajetan Iheka and Jack Taylor (Eds.), African Migration Narratives: Politics, Race, and Space. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2018.
“At the Intersection of Trauma, Precarity, and African Cinema: A Reflection on Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Grigris.” In Kenneth W. Harrow and Carmela Garritano (Eds.), The Companion to African Cinema. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2018.
“The Silt of the Archives.” Presentation at the Curating the Global Film Archive Symposium in Glasgow, Scotland. Africa in Motion Film Festival, 2016
“The Winds of African Cinema.” African Studies Review, 58(3), Cambridge University Press, 2015.
University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., Comparative Literature