James Hodapp is an assistant professor in residence in the Liberal Arts Program specializing in African, world, and postcolonial literatures. Hodapp received his PhD from the University of Maryland, his MA from the University of Chicago, and his BA from the American University. Before joining NU-Q in Fall 2018, he served as an assistant professor in the department of English for four years at the American University of Beirut. He has also taught at the University of Maryland, Harold Washington College, Wilbur Wright College, and several other universities and colleges.

The objects of his scholarship on Africa have been novels, short stories, films, graphic novels, and television programs, but at its core all of his work considers how specific African people and places in Africa are represented on the continent and beyond. These concerns with how the local travels in global circuits has led him to his current book length projects on “African world literature” and Afropolitanism. 

He has taught courses on African literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, transnational literature, the global south, gender studies, writing, literary theory, environmental fiction, and trauma studies.


“Talking Books: The Paratextuality of African Literary Podcasts.” English Studies in Africa. Vol. 63, No.2, January 2021, pp. 123-134.  

Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. (Editor). Bloomsbury Publishing. January 2020. (ISBN 978-1501342585)

“’Ndom Heaved’: Imagining Women in the Ugu Unumwanyi (1929 Women’s War) in T. Obinkaram Echewa’s I Saw the Sky Catch Fire.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol. 55, No.2, June 2020, pp. 246-258. 

“A Serious Television Trickster: Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Political and Artistic Legacy in Basi and Company.” The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 54, No.4, December 2018, pp. 504-514.

“Departing from Anti-colonialism, Arriving at Afropolitanism: Africa United as an African Road Movie.” The Global Road Movie: Alternative Journeys Around the World. Eds. Timothy Corrigan and José Duarte. London: Intellect Books, pp. 63-81. 2018. (ISBN 978-1-7832-0877-7).

“Lumpy Sympathies: An Interview in Beirut with Teju Cole.” Research in African Literatures. Vol. 48, No. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 243-249.

“The Postcolonial Ecopolitics of Consumption: Reimagining the Kola Nut in Chris Abani’s GraceLand.” Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, May 2018, pp. 1-14.

“The Complications of Reading Egypt as Africa: Translation and Magdy el-Shafee’s مترو (Metro).” African Literature Today Vol. 35, October 2017, pp. 22-39. (with Deema Nasser, Brown University).  

“The Proto-Afropolitan Bildungsroman: Yoruba Women, Resistance and the Nation in Simi Bedford’s Yoruba Girl Dancing.” The Global South, Vol. 10, No. 1, February 2017, pp. 130-149.

“The Empire Writes Back” (encyclopedia entry). Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies.  Eds. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwartz. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp. 1570-72.  (ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2).

“The Transnational African Short Story: From Resistance Literature to Prize Culture.” Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, Vol. 5, No. 1 & 2, 2016, pp. 81-90.

“Thomas Mofolo” (encyclopedia entry). Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies.  Eds. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwartz. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp. 1095-1097. (ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2).

“Why I Started My Faculty Career in the Middle East” (professionalization column). The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016. http://chronicle.com/article/Why-I-Started-My-Faculty/236724

“The Postcolonial Joe Sacco.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2015, pp. 319-330.

“Imagining Unmediated Early Swahili Narratives in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Paradise.” English in Africa, Vol. 42, No. 2, October 2015, pp. 89-108.

“The Problematic and Pragmatic Pedagogy of World Literature.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Vol. 46, No. 1-2, May 2015, pp. 69-88. 

 “The Specter of the Postcolonial Child and the Faux Long Take in Cauron’s Children of Men.” The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema. Ed. Debbie C. Olson. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015, pp. 171-185. (ISBN 978-0-7391-9428-7).

“Nairobi Half-Life” (film review). African Studies Review, Vol. 57, No. 1 April 2014, pp. 231-233.

“Refusing to Rent Their Crowds: Early African Novels as Alternative Influences to Cary and Conrad in Things Fall Apart.” Blazing the Path: Fifty Years of Things Fall Apart. Ed. Chima Anyadyke. London: Heinemann, 2013, pp. 117-138. (ISBN 978-978-081-184-6).

“Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History and Heart of Darkness: A Graphic Novel” (book review). Wasafiri, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2012, pp. 105-106.