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Maurine Ogbaa

Maurine Ogbaa

Assistant Professor of Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - English Literature
University of Houston - 2021
M.F.A. - Creative Writing - Fiction
Washington University in St. Louis - 2010
B.A. - English Language and Literature
The University of Texas at Austin - 2005


“Public Song.” Glasstire, March 8, 2021.  2021 - Nonfiction Essay
“Goodbye.” AGNI, vol. 91, no. 1, May 2020, pp.20-27.  2020 - Short story
“The Men in Her Life.” Prairie Schooner, vol. 93, no. 4, Winter 2019, pp.106-128.  2019 - Short story
“Something Between Us.” third coast, vol. 45, Spring/Summer 2018, pp.42-54.  2018 - Memoir essay
“A NIGERIAN STORY: How Healthcare is the Offspring of Imperialism and Corruption.” The Elephant (Kenya), Nov. 16, 2017. 2017 - Nonfiction
“Chariot.” Callaloo, vol. 36, no. 1, Winter 2013, pp.70-79.  2013 - Short story


Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2021–Present]
Prairie View A&M University [2012–2015]


The Praxis of Consanguinity in the Periphery: An Analysis of Amma Darko’s The Housemaid.
2021/03 Northeast MLA. 
Interdisciplinary Mentorship: A Practical Account.
2021/03 Northeast MLA. 
Multicultural Maturation in Leonora Miano’s Dark Heart of the Night.
2020/11 South Atlantic MLA.
(Re)membering Africa: ‘sneak[ing] into the university and steal[ing] what one can’.
2019/02 Graduate Students of Color Un-Settling the University (UT-Austin).
The Erotic and Personal Power in Forna’s The Memory of Love.
2019/02 Pleasure Conference (Rice University).

Additional Information

Dr. Maurine Ogbaa's critical and creative work explores the experiences of African diasporic women, advancing brilliant analysis around the dual meanings of bildungsromans both the development of a life and "development" in the sense of national and institutional upbuilding in the Global South. Maurine is currently completing her dissertation in English Literature at the University of Houston (with certificates in Empire Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); she previously earned her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, and she has a strong teaching record. Her short stories have been published in prestigious journals, including AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and Callaloo and her scholarship is forthcoming in an edited collection (with another article under review). Dr. Ogbaa offers engaging and dynamic pedagogical and craft discussions and her interests in African diasporic studies, feminism, and philosophy.

News Articles

Meet the Newest Group of Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty at UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas welcomed 25 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members in 2021, with many of them joining the University this fall.


National Women Studies’ Association
Modern Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association