Assistant Professor of English

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In Fall 2019, I joined the Department of English at the College of Wooster as Assistant Professor of World Anglophone Literature. At Wooster, I teach courses on protest poetry, language and literature, African literature, and postcolonial poetics.

My research focuses on contemporary African poetry, with  emphases on performance, audience formation and response, new media, and the politics of speech, including language policy and political rhetoric. I am generally interested in how changing media platforms and global institutions influence the relationship between poetic form and aesthetic networks. My current project, “Viral Verses: Poetic Movements and Social Media in Southeastern Africa,” examines how poets, arts organizers, and community members make, publish, and interact with poetry across online and digital spaces in MalawiSouth Africa, and Zimbabwe. My articles on poetry, political rhetoric, and media have been published in Research in African Literatures and African Studies Review.

I am committed to scholarship and the arts within and beyond the classroom. At Northwestern University, where I completed my Ph. D. in English in June 2019, I taught courses on literature and politics, ran the Graduate Student Digital Humanities Pedagogy Workshop, and organized arts events and conferences.

Get in touch with me at ssacks@wooster.edu, or make an appointment with me at susannasacks.youcanbook.me.