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Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder - Ethnic Studies
M.F.A., University of Colorado Boulder - Creative Writing
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder - Engllish Literature
Africana history, culture, and literature
Awon Atuire was our first Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Ethnic Studies program. He received his B.A. in English Literature, M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and graduate certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. His area of focus in the Ph.D. program was Africana history, culture, and literature. His dissertation project, "Poetics of Place and Space in West African Fiction," offers an intersectional analysis of Africana peoples' aspirational re-spatializations of the cartographies of Atlantic slavery, colonization, imperialism, and globalization in West African fiction. Dr. Atuire is currently researching the oral tradition, memory-making, and heritage tourism in northern Ghana. A spoken word artist and a writer, his book length manuscript, "Broken Horn Bull," is a collection of short stories and essays.