Faculty Profile
Abena P. A. Busia

Abena P.A. Busia
Associate Professor of English

Chair, Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Murray Hall | Room 052
College Avenue Campus
Phone: (848) 932-7349 / (848) 932-9331

Office Hours: By Appointment

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Professor Busia is co-director of the groundbreaking Women Writing Africa Project, a multi-volume anthology published by the Feminist Press at CUNY. As Professor Busia points out, "history is located in multiple places." This collection is designed to recognize the cultural legacy in that assortment of voices by gathering together the original "cultural production" of African and Indian women for the first time. She is also co-editor of Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel (2005).

In addition to the Women Writing Africa Project, Professor Busia is also the author of Theorizing Black Feminisms (1993) as well as many articles and book chapters on topics including black women's writing, black feminist criticism, and African literature. Her scholarship keeps her actively connected to her native Ghana, where a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant enabled Professor Busia and two historians to lead an interdisciplinary program on "Teaching the History of the Slave Trade Routes of Ghana and Benin."  She is now at work on a book called Song in a Strange Land: Narrative and Rituals of Remembrance in the Novels of Black Women of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Professor Busia is also the author of the poetry collection, Testimonies of Exile. She serves on the advisory board of the Ghana Education Project, as well as the board of the African Women's Development Fund, the first and only pan-African funding source for women-centered programs and organizations. She teaches courses in African American and African Diaspora literature.

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, St. Anthony's College
MA, St. Anne's College
BA, St. Anne's College

African American and African Diaspora Literature

Books

Testimonies of Exile

Women  Writing Africa: The Eastern Region

Women  Writing Africa: The Southern Region

Women  Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel

Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught
  • Black Autobiography
  • Harlem Renaissance
Other Information of Interest
  • Abena P. A. Busia, awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant

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