• B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • M.A., Harvard University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015


Stephanie Bosch Santana’s current book project maps new geographies for the study of African literature that cut across national, postcolonial, and global frameworks. Focusing on South African, Malawian, Zimbabwean, and Zambian fiction from the 1950s to the present day, the project explores how writers from these nations have developed new genres of fiction in popular media to imagine changing modes of interconnection across space. Other recent work focuses on new media literature from Africa and its diaspora.


  • “From Nation to Network: Blog and Facebook Fiction from Southern Africa.” Research in African Literatures (forthcoming).
  • “New Pan-Africanisms Online.” Wasifiri (forthcoming).
  • “Exorcizing the Future: Afropolitanism’s Spectral Origins.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 28.1 (March 2016).
  • “Migrant Forms: African Parade’s New Literary Geographies.” Research in African Literatures 45:3 (Fall 2014). Special Issue on Africa and the Black Atlantic. Ed. Yogita Goyal.
  • Introduction: Imagining Africa’s Future Cities.” Johannesburg Salon 7 (September 2014). Eds. Achille Mbembe and Megan Jones.
  • Guest Editor, Johannesburg Salon 7 (September 2014). Special Issue on African Future Cities. Eds. Achille Mbembe and Megan Jones.
  • Exorcising Afropolitanism: Binyavanga Wainaina Explains Why ‘I Am a Pan-Africanist, Not an Afropolitan’ at ASAUK 2012.Africa in Words. February 8, 2013.
  • Co-editor, Winning Stories from the Malawian Girls’ Short Story Competition. Blantyre, Malawi: Assemblies of God Press, 2009.
  • Assistant Editor, The Face of the Spirit: illuminating a century of essays by South African women. Johannesburg: Beulah Thumbadoo & Associates on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture, 2007.

Field of Interest

African literature; transnational and diasporic literature; postcolonial literature; digital literature; urban and spatial studies


Chichewa, French, Zulu (basic)


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Assistant Professor, 2015-2016)
  • Harvard University (Teaching Fellow, 2010-2015)