• B.A., Haverford College, 2013
  • M.A., Northwestern University, 2015
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2019
Areas of Interest

Susanna L. Sacks (B.A. Haverford College; M.A. and Ph. D. Northwestern University) studies the influence of new media publication and international institutions on literary form and art worlds in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research examines how poets, arts organizers, and community members make, publish, and interact with poetry across online and digital spaces in Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. She taught courses in expository writing and twentieth and twenty-first century literature for two years at Northwestern University before joining the College of Wooster in fall 2019. At Wooster, she will teach courses in global Anglophone literature, poetry and poetics, and digital humanities. Research interests include performance studies, literary sociology, new media, and the politics of speech.

Courses Taught
  • FYSM-10100. Singing Truth to Power
  • ENGL-12000. Writing Human Rights
  • ENGL-2100: Global English(es), Local Identities: Global Anglophone Literature Since 1900
  • ENGL-23000. Introduction to African Literature: Energy and Environment
  • ENGL-23000. Postcolonial Poetics
  •  “Evan Mawarire’s #ThisFlag as Tactical Lyric: The Role of Digital Speech in Imagining a Networked Zimbabwean Nation.” African Studies Review, 63:3 (September 2020)
  • “The Poetics of Dictatorship: Song and Sound in H. K. Banda’s ‘Tenth Republic Anniversary Tour.’” Research in African Literatures, 50:2 (2020).
  • “Slam Poetry in Malawi: Digital Media Aesthetics and Translingual Poetic Forms.” In Digital Technology and Languages in African Communities and Classrooms: Innovations and Opportunities. Ed. Leketi Makelela and Goodith White. Multilingual Matters Press. (Forthcoming, 2019)