Kelly O. Secovnie

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Associate Professor


Office: N-751K

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5131

Kelly O. Secovnie received her M.A. in English from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. in English from the University at Albany, SUNY. Her dissertation, “Translating the Transatlantic: West African Literary Approaches to African American Identity” reflects her interest in West African drama, as well as issues of transatlantic history and identity among Africans and African Americans. She began teaching at BMCC in 2009 and enjoys teaching English 88, 101, 201, and upper-level courses such as English 336: Postcolonial Literature, English 392: World Literature II, and her Special Topics course: English 350: Black Radical Writers.


Race & Ethnicity


  • B.A. University at Albany, SUNY, English,1999
  • M.A. University of Kansas, English Literature and Theory,2004
  • Ph.D. University at Albany, SUNY, English Literature,2009

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


  • “Cultural Translation in Ama Ata Aidoo’s _The Dilemma of a Ghost_ and Osonye Tess Onwueme’s _The Missing Face_”, Journal of African Literature and Culture, pp. 127-149
  • “Feminism and Women’s Equality Movements, African” and “Feminism and Women’s Equality Movements, U.S.” in _Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History_, ABC-CLIO
  • “Ama Ata Aidoo and Kofi Awoonor: Pan-Africanism Reconstructed” , Obsidian III, pp. 113-128
  • “Lorraine Hansberry” in _Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers_, Greenwood Press

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Federal Language Area Studies fellowship (FLAS) for the study of Beginning Yor¿Stanford University.  Summer 2007 Richard Thorns Dissertation FellowshipUniversity at Albany, SUNY, Department of English. 2008-2009 PSC-CUNY Summer Research FellowshipBMCC, CUNY, Summer 2010 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship for the study of Advanced YorubaObafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Summer 2008

Additional Information

Dissertation title: “Translating the Transatlantic: West African Literary Approaches to African American Identity”