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Philip Effiong
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Philip Effiong

Philip Effiong HeadshotAssociate Professor-Fixed Term
Theatre Studies
Drama, Literature of the African diaspora,
African Literature, The Oral Tradition, 
African History

Philip Uko Effiong has been teaching at the college level for over 20 years and holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his Master’s in Literature of the African Diaspora and Bachelor’s in English from the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

Prior to joining the English Department at Michigan State, Philip taught fiction, nonfiction, drama and writing at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; Regent University College of Science and Technology, Ghana; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; the University of Tennessee, Martin; the University of Delaware, Newark; Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and Morehouse College, Atlanta. He is also on the faculty of the University of Maryland University College where he teaches online classes in drama and African American literature.

As a writing consultant, Philip has produced documents for nonprofit, governmental and business organizations, which entailed writing across multiple genres. He has also worked in information technology as an Oracle programmer.

Research Interests:

Literature of religious-based conflict

Influence of European (and European American) dramatists on plays by Derek Walcott and August Wilson

Impact of Greek Tragedy on African and African American drama

Misinterpretation of music by Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti

Emergence of a new diaspora through the Nigeria-Biafra conflict

Unsung historic achievements on the African continent

African diaspora in India and the Philippines