Ann Elizabeth Willey received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Theory from Northwestern University(1993). Her research interests include contemporary African literature and film, and questions of gender, genre and nationalism/globalization. She has co-edited an essay collection about Tsitsi Dangarembga and has published in journals such as Mosaic, Research in African Literatures, and The French Review.
Her research explores a range of fields, including Sub-Saharan African Literature, in French and English, Indigenous language literatures in translation; postcolonial theory; African film and popular culture studies; postcolonial interventions in theories of modernity and the nation, especially as inflected by gender. From 2019-2020, she served as the President of the African Literature Association. She currently serves as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.