Paul Ushang Ugor, 2021–22

The Cinema of Femi Odugbemi: Screen Media and Popular Culture in Nigeria

Fellows’ Fellowship, 2021-22

Associate Professor, African and Postcolonial Litertaures, Department of English, Illinois State University

Ugor, Paul Ushang

Paul Ushang Ugor is associate professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. His research interests are in the areas of African literatures and cultures, black popular culture, Anglophone world literatures, postcolonial studies, cultural theory, and new media cultures in the global south. He is the author of Nollywood: Popular Culture and Narratives of Youth Struggles in Nigeria (2016). He has also coedited several collections including, Youth and Popular Culture in Africa: Music, Media, and Politics (URP 2021); African Youth Cultures in the Age of Globalization: Challenges, Agency and Resistance (Routledge 2017); Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa (a special issue of Postcolonial Text. Vol. 8, No 3 & 4, 2013); and Youth, Cultural Politics and New Social Spaces in an Era of Globalization (a special issue of Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 31:4, 2009). His research and teaching interests in general are concerned with emerging trends in global politics, economy, communication, cultural representations, and everyday life, especially in the postcolonial world.

Selected Publications

Youth and Popular Culture in Africa

  • Ugor, Paul, ed. Youth and Popular Culture in Africa: Media, Music, and Politics. Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora. New York: University of Rochester Press, 2021.
  • Ugor, Paul. Nollywood: Popular Culture and New Narratives of Marginalized Youth in Nigeria. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2016.
  • Ugor, Paul, and Lord Mawuko-Yevugah, eds. African Youth Cultures in the Age of Globalization: Challenges, Agency and Resistance. Contemporary African Politics. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2015.
  • Ugor, Paul, ed. Postcolonial Text 8, no. 3/4 Special Issue: Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa (2013).
  • Poyntz, Stuart, Paul Ugor, and Jacqueline Kennelly, eds. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 31, no. 4 Youth, Cultural Politics, and New Social Spaces in an Era of Globalization (September 2009).
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