Kenneth Harrow is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University (1966-2018). He received a B.S. from M.I.T in 1964, a Master’s in English from NYU, and a PhD in Comparative Literature also from NYU in 1970.
His work focuses on African cinema and literature, Diaspora and Postcolonial Studies. He is the author of Thresholds of Change in African Literature (Heinemann, 1994), Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women’s Writing (Heinemann, 2002), Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (Indiana U P, 2007), and Trash! A Study of African Cinema Viewed from Below (Indiana University Press, 2013). He has edited numerous collections on such topics as Islam and African literature, African cinema, and women in African literature and cinema.
With Frieda Ekotto he edited the collection Rethinking African Cultural Production (Indiana University Press, 2015). Also edited work includes African Filmmaking: Five Formations (MSU Press, 2017), and A Companion in African Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), coedited with Carmela Garritano.
He has published more than 60 articles and twenty-five chapters.
His service to the profession includes organizing numerous conferences dealing with African literature and cinema, including twice the African Literature Association’s annual conference—once on the theme of theory in the field of African literary studies in 1986, and a second in 1997 on African cinema.
He served as President of the African Literature Association, and was honored with their first Distinguished Member Award in 2009. In 2010 he was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, and in 2011 was honored with the Distinguished Africanist Award at the Toyin Falola Annual Conference, University of Texas.
Grants include an NEH Younger Humanist Award recipient in 1973-4, which brought him to France, Algeria, and Morocco. His Fulbright teaching and research awards brought him to Cameroon in 1977- 79, and Senegal from 1982-3 and 2005-6.
He has served on the board for the African Literature Association, the African Studies Association.
He is general editor for the series “African Humanities and the Arts” for Michigan State University Press.
His current work focuses on time and space inAfrican cinema, and African cinema’s relationship to the contested concept of World Cinema.