Rose Poku

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Ph.D. Candidate


Rose (Rosie) Poku (she/her) is a joint PhD student in Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from Smith College in 2022, where she graduated summa cum laude as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Rosie's research interests broadly lie in Black women's diasporic and transnational feminist writings of the early twentieth century. She engages with Afro-diasporic texts written in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese. Her current publications can be found in the journals African Studies QuarterlyDies LegibilesThe Kennesaw Tower, and the MMUF Journal. She is the Graduate Coordinator for Penn's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. As a current William Fontaine Fellow at Penn, Rosie welcomes all prospective student inquiries.