Paul Ugor

Paul Ugor Centre for Urban Youth Research

Paul Ugor is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. His research interests in the areas of Black Popular Culture, African Youth Cultures, Anglophone World Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Theory, New Media Cultures; and Modern African Literatures and Cinema/Video.

He is the author of Nollywood: Popular Culture and Narratives of Youth Struggles in Nigeria (2016).

He has also co-edited several collections including, African Youth Cultures in the Age of Globalization: Challenges, Agency and Resistance (Ashgate 2015/ Routledge 2017); Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa, Special Issue of Postcolonial Text Vol. 8, No 3 & 4, 2013; and Youth, Cultural Politics and New Social Spaces in an Era of Globalization, Special Issue of Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 31:4 (2009).

Dr Ugor is currently working on an edited collection on Young People and Popular Culture in Africa to be considered for publication by the African Studies series of the University of Rochester Press in New York. His research and teaching interests are concerned with emerging trends in global politics, economy, communication, cultural representations, and everyday life, especially in the postcolonial world.