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Frieda Ekotto Named a VIP Member of Worldwide Who's Who for Excellence in Higher Education

Frieda Ekotto is honored for her contributions in comparative literature and culture within higher education

    ANN ARBOR, MI, March 6, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Frieda Ekotto, Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was recently named a VIP member of Worldwide Who's Who. This special distinction honors individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving personal and professional success.

A critical thinker and philosopher, Dr. Ekotto has been a professor of Francophone studies and comparative literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1994. She possesses an extensive knowledge in psychoanalysis, politcal and comparative literature, and African literature and cinema. Serving as a board member of the university's graduate school, she has developed a wide-range of innovative courses on literature and law in France, Africa, the Caribbean, and Maghreb. Dr. Ekotto's curricular contributions have been critical to the emergence and consolidation of Francophone studies at the University of Michigan, and to education about race and ethnicity in the context of French-speaking cultures.

Dr. Ekotto has published six books, including "Race and Sex across the French Atlantic: The Color of Black in Literary, Philosophical, and Theater Discourse" and "Portrait d'une jeune artiste de Bona Mbella." Additionally, she has written numerous scholarly articles, the most recent include "What is the Color of Blackness?," "Calixthe Beyala ou la reecriture de la litterature coloniale française" and "Cousin Kalati's Tale." Throughout her career, Dr. Ekotto has had the opportunity to lecture throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia, France, Cuba, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Canada, Ethiopia, England, Malaysia and Singapore.

Dr. Ekotto keeps abreast of research and trends in her field as a member of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Language Association, the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature and the Association of African Studies. Recognized for her outstanding contributions to her field, she has garnered several awards, including the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award and the LSA/OVPR Michigan Humanities Award. She earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature and French studies from the University of Minnesota. As her career progresses, Dr. Ekotto hopes to work on a book manuscript about women loving women in sub-Saharan Africa. She would also like turn her attention to her creative work.

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