Graduate Faculty

Alidou, Ousseina D.

  • Portrait
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literature
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  • Office: Rutgers Academic Building, Rm 6162



Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics, Indiana University (Bloomington)

M.A. in Applied Linguistics (Literacy Studies), Indiana University (Bloomington)

M.A. in Linguistics, Université Abdou Moumouni (Niamey, Niger Republic)

Research Interests

Ousseina D. Alidou is Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature. She is a theoretical linguist whose research focuses mainly on the study of women’s orality and literacy practices in African Muslim societies; African Muslim women’s Agency and gender justice; African women’s literatures; Gendered discourses of identity and the politics of cultural production in African Muslim societies.Selected Publications

Selected Publications

-Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa.  Co-edited with Ahmed Sikainga. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2006.

-Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger Madison:University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.

-A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities.  Co-edited with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000.

-“Women, Religion and the Discourse of Legal Ideology in Niger Republic” with Hassana Alidou (Africa Today, Vol 54 (3) Spring 2008: 21-36.

-“Muslim Women in a Multilingual Context: Orality and Literacy in Postcolonial Niger” in Issues in Political Discourse Analysis, Vol 1 (1), 2006: 89-106.

-“The Emergence of Written Hausa Literature” In The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature. Edited by Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, February, 2004, 329-356.

-“Women and the Politics of Education in Niger Republic” In Die Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft und Religion bei der Demokratisierung Afrikas (The Role of Civil Society and Religion in Africa’sDemocratization. Edited by Lawford Imunde. Loccumer Protokolle 55/00, Rehburg-Loccum: Loccum Academie, (August), 2003: 281-292.

-“Islam, Gender and Hausa Folklore: A Reconfiguration of a Hausa ‘Cinderella’ Tale” Comparative Literature, Vol. 54 (3), Summer 2002: 242-255.

-“Boundaries of Fatherhood in Farah's Secrets” In Emerging Perspectives on Nuruddin Farah. Edited by Derek Wright. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2002: 661-678.

-“French Colonial Education and its Postcolonial Legacy in Francophone Africa” in Visionen fur das Bildungssystem in Afrika (Reflections on Education Systems in Africa). Edited by Lawford Imunde. Loccumer Protokolle 05/02, Rehburg-Loccum: Loccum Akademie, (July) 2002: 51-64.

-“Gender, Narrative Space and Modern Hausa Literature.” Research in African Literatures, Vol. 32 (2), Summer 2002: 137-153.

-“Francophone, the World Bank and the Collapse of Francophone Africa's Educational System.” in A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities. Co-edited with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000: p. 37-42.

-“Women, Gender and Freedom of Expression: Sub-Saharan Africa” in The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Edited by Suad Joseph. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2004:152-153.

-“Women in Niger” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide: Sub-Saharan Africa. By Lynn Walter (Editor in chief)  and Aili Mari Tripp (Volume editor), Westport, CT and London, UK: Greenwood Press, 2003, 295-310.

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to African Literature in Translation (undergraduate course)
  • African Folklore (undergraduate course)
  • Crossroads: Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia (undergraduate course)
  • Islam and African Women Writers (graduate course)