Dr. Andrea Spain

Dr. Andrea Spain


  • English
  • African American Studies


  • English


  • Associate Professor


Office: (364) 4-
2515 Lee Hall



Andrea Spain specializes in late twentiety-centry and contemporary postcolonial literature, with a focus on post-apartheid South African literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. in the department of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo and is an Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University, where she teaches courses on postcolonial and world literature, gender studies, film and critical theory. She spear-headed the creation of and now directs Mississippi State University's Minor in Film Studies.

She has published on Zoë Wicomb, Nadine Gordimer, Sello Duiker and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her essays can be found in Modern Fiction Studies, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, edited collections, and Trickhouse. Her book manuscript, Postcoloniality and Event, explores the role of time, memory and perception in the postcolonial present.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo, 2009
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo, 2004
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), English, Colorado State University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English, Colorado State University, 1994

Research interests:

Postcolonial Literature, South African Literature & Culture, African Literature of the Diaspora, Critical Theory, Gender Studies and Film

Areas of Expertise

Racial Recognition and its Limits Perception, Memory & Time in the Postcolony South African Literature & Culture and Contemporary Film.