Ainehi Edoro

Position title: Vilas Early Career Professor and Constellations Mellon-Morgridge Professor


Helen C. White Hall


Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches and researches on African literature, political theory, and literature in social media. Edoro is the founder and Editor of Brittle Paper (, a leading online platform dedicated to African writing and literary culture. Her current book project is titled “Forest Imaginaries: How African Novels Think.” She also writes essays and commentaries about contemporary African literary culture in mainstream publications such as The Guardian and Africa is a Country.


Edoro’s research interest is centered on the form, theory, history, and culture of the novel as it emerged in Africa. She is working on a book titled “Forest Imaginaries: How African Novels Thinks.” The book argues that the African novel, at the moment of its inception, introduces a model for configuring space in fiction.

Recent Publications:

“Achebe’s Evil Forest: Space, Violence, and Order in Things Fall Apart Journal of Postcolonial Enquiry,” Journal of Postcolonial Enquiry, Volume 5, Issue 2 April 2018

“Africa is a Country in Wakanda” (co-authored with Bakhti Shringapure), Africa is a Country February 28, 2018

Awards and Honors:

In 2016, New Africa Magazine named her one of the Top 100 Most Influential Africans.

In 2018, she was listed on Okay Africa’s “100 Women.” (