Femi OyebadeProf. Femi Oyebade


Assistant Professor 
Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy

Ph.D. in English (2022), Temple University
MA in English (2012), Tennessee State University
BA in English (2010), Vanderbilt University 


Olufemi Oyebade studies Twentieth and Twenty-first century African-American Literature and African-American literary criticism. His current research focuses specifically on the thematic tradition of utopianism present in African-American literature and criticism and its cultural relevance. As a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University, he strives to contribute to the university's rich legacy in research, service, and teaching. For this reason, in his African-American Literature and Composition classes, he instills in his student the value of critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills, in addition to diverse and collaborative inclusiveness, lateral learning, diligence, and compassion.

Selected Publications

“African-American Utopian Literature Criticism: A Tradition Largely Lost and Forgotten yet Pertinent in the Pursuit of Revolutionary Change” (publication anticipated in the future)

"Historical Denial and Recovery: Slavery and Revisionism in Herman Melville’s 'Benito Cereno,'" (publication in progress as a chapter in Transformations in Africana Studies: History, Theory, and Epistemology, Adebayo Oyebade, ed.)

Selected Presentations

"Historical Denial and Recovery: Slavery and Revisionism in Herman Melville’s 'Benito Cereno,'” Tennessee State University: 5th Annual Africa Conference, Nashville, 2017

Classes Taught at TSU

Freshman English I 
Black Arts and Literature I