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Roger Kurtz, Department Head and Professor of English at Drexel University

Roger Kurtz, PhD

Department Head, Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy
Center for Interdisciplinary Study
Africana Studies
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.2446


  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, 1994
  • BA, English/Spanish/Education, Eastern Mennonite University, 1985

Research Interests:

Postcolonial and World Literatures, African Literature and Culture, Trauma Theory


Roger Kurtz, PhD, is an experienced scholar and teacher whose work has appeared in journals such as Research in African Literatures, the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, ARIEL, the Nairobi Journal of Literature, the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, and the Journal of African Cultural Studies. He is the recipient of multiple Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awards. He has held faculty positions in the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University, and in the Department of English at The College at Brockport (SUNY). At Brockport, he served as department chair for the Department of English, for the Department of African and African American Studies, and for the Department of Anthropology.

Selected Publications:

  • Trauma and Transformation in African Literature: Writing Wrongs (2018)
  • Cambridge Critical Concepts: Trauma and Literature (2017)
  • Nyarloka’s Gift: the Writing of Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye (2005)
  • Urban Obsessions, Urban Fears: The Postcolonial Kenyan Novel (1998)