Martha NdakalakoFaculty

Assistant Professor in English, African Studies, and Comparative Literature

Martha Ndakalako specializes in African literatures in English, African feminisms, and African Studies. Her research focuses on contemporary Namibian women’s literature and feminisms, and situates these within the broader contexts of African and global black feminisms, and African literature. She is particularly interested in unconventional feminist literatures, and the way in which these kinds of literatures innovate aesthetic and literary practices in order to circulate. These unconventional literatures include collections of women’s micro-biographies of the Namibian war, Facebook Fiction and online literary magazines, and even conventional-seeming books that come into circulation via non-traditional avenues. She has several recent publications on Namibian Digital Literatures and feminisms, new African Diaspora literature, and co-edited the collection African Women and their Networks of Support: Intervening Connections (2020). She is currently working on a a series of articles on the 2020 Namibian feminist movement, #ShutItAllDown, and Namibian feminisms more broadly.

Professor Ndakalako teaches courses on African Feminisms, Postcolonial African Literatures, Digital African Literatures, and African comics and graphic novels.

She is affiliated with the following programs: African/African Diaspora Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and Comparative Literature


Ph.D. Comparative Litearature, University of Oregon; B.A. Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas


Global Blackness

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-274 African Digital Lit 3 2024/SP, 2023/SP, and 2022/SP
GWS-101 Read:African Feminism 3 2023/FA, 2022/FA, and 2021/FA
ENG-101 Read:African Feminism 3 2023/FA, 2022/FA, and 2021/FA
ENG-281 Postcolonial Lit 3 2023/FA, 2022/FA, and 2021/FA
ENG-275 Women Writing Africa 2 2024/SP and 2023/SP
ENG-130 World Lit: Black Worlds 2 2022/SP
GWS-290 GWSS Research Lab: Black Fem 1 2024/SP
AFS-274 African Digital Lit 1 2023/SP
GWS-275 Women Writing Africa 1 2023/SP
ENG-244 ST:Black Comics 1 2022/FA