Iyun Osagie is Associate Professor of English and African Studies at Penn State. She is the author of the award winning book, The Amistad Revolt: Memory, Slavery, and the Politics of Identity in the US and Sierra Leone (U of Georgia P, 2000, 2003). She is also the author of African Modernity and the Philosophy of Culture in the Works of Femi Euba (forthcoming, Lexington Books, 2017). She has also published Theater in Sierra Leone: Five Popular Plays (Africa World Press, 2009), an edited collection. In addition she has written a play about the Sierra Leone civil war, The Shield. This play has been performed at universities in the US and in Nigeria. She has also published book chapters, as well as articles in top tier journals, such as African American Review, Cultural Studies, Callaloo, Historical Geography, Annals of Tourism Research, and Massachusetts Review.