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Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing



Meredith Coffey is a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin.  She received her MA in English from UT-Austin in 2012 and her BA in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.  Her academic interests include contemporary Anglophone African fiction and contemporary American Indian writing.  Her current research focuses particularly on questions of sovereignty and self-determination.


Review of Delaware Tribe in a Cherokee Nation, Brice Obermeyer.  Studies in American Indian Literature 24.2 (2012).

Review of Movements, Borders, and Identities in Africa, ed. Toyin Falola and Aribidesi Usman.  E3W (Ethnic and Third World) Review of Books 12 (Spring 2012).

With Matt Cohen, review of Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape, ed. Joel W. Martin and Mark A. Nicholas.  Journal of American Studies 46.1 (2012).

Review of Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa, and the Atlantic, ed. Derek Peterson.  E3W (Ethnic and Third World) Review of Books 11 (Spring 2011). 


 “‘I Just Don’t Want You Passing Judgments and Making Decisions for Women in Africa’: The Authority to Speak on Female Genital Cutting in Pede Hollist’s So the Path Does Not Die,” Annual Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.  October 2012.

“‘The Revenant is Going to Come’: The Spectral Spatialization of Biafra in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun,” Annual Africanist Graduate Student Research Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.  October 2011.

“More than the Story of ‘The White Woman of the Genesee’: A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison as Property Claim,” Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.  February 2011.


Graduate Studies Professional Development Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Phi Kappa Phi, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Es’kia Mphahlele African Studies Prize, University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Pennsylvania, 2010


Contemporary Anglophone African Fiction, Contemporary American Indian Literatures, Human Rights, Nations and Self-Determination