Stanford appoints Prof Ato Quayson head of English department

Standford appoints Prof Ato Quayson head of English department

Ghana’s very own, Professor Ato Quayson has unanimously been appointed to the full headship of the Department of English of America-based Stanford University from the fall of 2021, can confirm.

Ato Quayson, who is currently Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of English at this Ivy League school new position as Chair of Stanford’s English Department takes effect 2021.

Professor Ato Quayson had his primary education at St. Theresa’s School in North Kaneshie, Accra, and did his Ordinary and Advanced Levels GCE at Apam Secondary School, in the Central Region.

The new Stanford University staff clinched a First Class Honours degree at the University of Ghana, Legon (UG) in English and Arabic and proceeded to the University of Cambridge, UK, where he completed his Ph.D.

From Cambridge, the Educationist went to Oxford University, where he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, before returning to Cambridge to become a Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature in the Faculty of English from 1995-2005.

Prior to Stanford, he was Professor of African and Postcolonial Literature at New York University (2017-2019) and Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto (2005-2017).

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In 2016 he was appointed University Professor at the University of Toronto, the highest distinction that the university can bestow. He has written and published extensively, including six monographs and 8 edited volumes.