Nasrin Olla is a visiting scholar at Brown University. Before arriving at Brown, Olla completed her master’s and PhD at Cornell University. In 2020, she was awarded Cornell’s Guilford Prize for the best dissertation of the year. “One writes a dissertation in relative isolation – alone in a library for hours on end. So, to have a panel of scholars read my work and enjoy its insights feels really rewarding,” Olla says.
In her work as an educator, she focuses on literature from Africa and its diaspora. “I am fascinated by how African aesthetic traditions can help us understand how we might relate ethically to the foreigner, the stranger, or the other,” Olla said. Her courses engage with ethics, humanism, gender and race, among several other intersections.
Nasrin’s impact continues, showcasing the creativity, insightfulness and imagination of African novelists, poets and critics.
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