Dr. Tosin Gbogi

Tosin Gbogi
Dr. Tosin GbogiMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 226

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1546

Assistant Professor


My interdisciplinary research and teaching sit at the intersection of African/African diaspora literatures, popular cultures, and discourse-oriented sociolinguistics. Focusing on a broad array of literary and expressive cultural materials, I investigate in my research the complex processes through which artistic productions recast the extant modalities of social life in Africa (and its diasporas) and vice versa. In particular, I focus on acts of performative protest and resistance and how the so-called “everyday people” adopt them in the reworking of social imaginaries, identities, and subjectivities. I study these phenomena, not just within a single cultural matrix, but across multiple, sometimes overlapping, literary and linguistic geographies.

Integrating theoretical and methodological insights from literary studies, linguistics, and cultural anthropology, my current research examines the interplay of language, poetics, and power in the construction of youth identities in Nigerian hip hop and “Afrobeats.” Among other things, I argue that rather than being mere dance genres—the types that evaporate and vanish into thin air in the immediate and transient spaces of parties, clubs, bars, and private rooms—Nigerian hip hop and “Afrobeats” enact universes of imagination that cross into transformative universes grounded in reality. My other projects include a study of the narrative fashioning of new youth identities in African digital cultures and the exploration of the intersection of African literature and politics. Besides these, I am working on two poetry manuscripts, tentatively entitled usmosis and marching to the left. Central to both manuscripts is a reflection on love (in its many iterations), historical memory, and trauma, themes that I have partly written on in my previous collections, the tongues of a shattered s-k-y (Blackgraphics, 2012) and locomotifs and other songs (Noirledge, 2018).

Before joining Marquette University, I taught in the Department of English Studies at Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria, and in the Africana Studies Program and the School of Professional Advancement, both at Tulane University. In my teaching engagements, I center the voices of students through a dialectic approach and emphasize the role of asking (hard questions) in the critical pedagogy of the classroom.


Ph.D., Tulane University, New Orleans

M.A., Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

B.A., Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Nigeria

Research Interests

  • African and African diaspora literatures
  • Popular cultures and youth identities
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Sociolinguistics/Discourse studies


  • Dr. Tosin Gbogi, locomotifs and other songs, Noirledge, 2018
  • Co-Editor with Lisa Sprowls and Craig Alcantara, Fleur de Ling: Tulane University Working Papers (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics) 3.1 (2017).
  • “Contesting Meanings in the Postmodern Age: The Example of Nigerian Hip Hop Music.” Matatu: Journal of African Culture and Society 48.2 (2016): 335-362.
  • “Language, Identity, and Urban Youth Subculture: Nigerian Hip Hop Music as an Exemplar.” Pragmatics 26:2 (2016): 171-195.
  • “Refiguring the Subversive in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market.’” Neohelicon 41.1 (2014): 503-516.
  • “Destructive Deluge (A Review of Niyi Osundare’s City Without People).” Matatu: Journal of African Culture and Society 42 (2013): 377-79.
  • “In Defence of Orality, One More Time: Some Implications for Modern Nigerian Poetry.” AJESC 2.1 (2013): 141-158.
  • Co-author with Sola Owonibi, “Ekwuazi’s The Monkey’s Eyes: A Psychoanalytic Journey into the World of Infirmary and Healing.” IBADAN: Journal of English Studies 5&6 (2009/2010): 85-108.

Additional Information

Office Hours 

Spring 2022

  • Tu 9:30-11:00 (in person)
  • Th 9:30-11:00 (virtual)

Teaching Schedule 

Spring 2022

  • 3000/101 TuTh 12:30-1:45 David Straz 450
    • Critical Practices and Processes in Literary Studies
  • 3000/101 TuTh 11:00-12:15 David Straz 450
    • Critical Practices and Processes in Literary Studies

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