Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Philip Effiong
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PhilWebsite (3).jpgAssociate Professor-Fixed Term
Drama | Literature of the African diaspora | African Literature | The Oral Tradition | African History 

Office: C648 Wells Hall
Phone: (517) 884-4451
Email: effiongp@msu.edu
Website: www.philip-effiong.com

Philip Uko Effiong has been teaching at the college level for over 20 years and holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his Master’s in Literature of the African Diaspora and Bachelor’s in English from the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

Prior to joining the English Department at Michigan State, Philip taught fiction, nonfiction, drama and writing at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; Regent University College of Science and Technology, Ghana; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; the University of Tennessee, Martin; the University of Delaware, Newark; Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and Morehouse College, Atlanta. He is also on the faculty of the University of Maryland University College where he teaches online classes in drama and African American literature.

As a writing consultant, Philip has produced documents for nonprofit, governmental and business organizations, which entailed writing across multiple genres. He has also worked in information technology as an Oracle programmer. 

Research Interests 

Literature of religious-based conflict

Influence of European (and European American) dramatists on plays by Derek Walcott and August Wilson

Impact of Greek Tragedy on African and African American drama

Misinterpretation of music by Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti

Emergence of a new diaspora through the Nigeria-Biafra conflict

Unsung historic achievements on the African continent

African diaspora in India and the Philippines



In Search of a Model for African American Drama. Lanham: University Press of America, 2000.

Monty, a novel. Bloomington: Author House, 2001 (undergoing revision).


Review of anthology, African Women Playwrights 2009). CONTINUUM:  A Journal of African/Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance. 3 Number 2: (November/December 2016).

“Unleashing Power from Within: Rejecting the Foreign Aid Farce.” West Africa Review 24 (2014): 22-40. Print.

“Forty Years Later, the War Hasn’t Ended.” The Nigeria Biafra War. Ed. Chima J. Korieh. New York: Cambria Press, 2012. 261-276. Print.

“Haya” and “Ginen.” Encyclopedia of African Religion. 2009. Print.

“Baraka, Amiri” and “Drama, African American.” Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Vol. 1. 2008. Print

“Hansberry, Lorraine.” Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Vol. 2. 2008. Print.

“Pageant, The African American” and “Shange, Ntozake.” Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas. Vol. 3. 2008. Print.

“History, Myth, and Revolt in Hansberry’s Les Blancs.” African American Review 32:2 (Summer 1998): 273-283. Print.

“Civil Rights Movement in Literature” and “Nation of Islam in Literature.” Identities and Issues in Literature. Eds. David R. Peck and Eric Howard. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1997. Print.

Twenty entries on “Drama and Film.” Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture. African American Culture Volume. 1996. Print.

“The Subliminal to the Real: Musical Regeneration in Ntozake Shange’s Boogie Woogie Landscapes.” Theatre Studies 39 (1994): 33-43. Print.

“Tracing the Nigerian Literary Heritage,” Nigeria: The People and Their Culture. Ed. J. U. Obot. Calabar: Wusen Press, 1987. 214-224. Print.

Novels on Kindle and Completed Manuscripts

Monty, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RC56RO4 and A Spider’s Sermon, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RH153HA.

Morning Song and Mildew (fiction), Diaries of a Housegirl (fiction), A Spider’s Sermon (fiction), My Biafran Passport (memoir), Bigmanism: Nigeria’s Personality Cult (collection of satirical essays).

Courses Taught 

IAH 205 Africa and the World

ENG 140 Literature and Society
THR 332 Topics in Theatre Studies