Tolulope "Tolu" Akinwole

Pronouns: he/him


Global Black literature, postcolonial theory, urbanism, environment/spatiality, critical theory

Year Admitted: 2019


Tolulope Akinwole is a doctoral candidate in English at UW-Madison. His research interests revolve around global black literatures, African cultural studies, and critical geography. He obtained master’s degrees in Literary Studies, African Cultural Studies, and English Language from UW-Madison and the University of Lagos. His writings on global Black literatures, African urban representations, and Afro-diasporic mobilities have appeared or are forthcoming in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, and the Journal of the African Literature Association. His research, which examines the public bus as a locus of creativity in postcolonial African cities, has been supported by the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations, the African Studies Research Award, the Ebrahim Hussein Research Fellowship, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison.


Global Black Literatures, Urban Studies, Black Geographies

Degree and Institution

BA, University of Lagos
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Publications

“Proximate Thuggery: Preliminary Meditation on Three Cases from an African Postcolony,” forthcoming in Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, vol. 53, no. 2 (2023)

“Embodied Masculine Sovereignty, Reimagined Femininity: Implications of a Soyinkaesque Reading of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther,” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. 147-157 (2020)