Dr Terri Ochiagha

Lecturer in Global Anglophone Literatures

  • Department of English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Department of English
University of Edinburgh
50 George Square

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Dr Terri Ochiagha holds a PhD in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures from Complutense University, Madrid. She is  a scholar of colonial and postcolonial Nigerian cultures and societies working in the interstices of literary studies, history, and postcolonial theory. Dr. Ochiagha is particularly interested in colonial archival practices, first-generation Nigerian writing, the history of elite colonial education in Africa and the complex construction and performance of colonial subjectivities amidst (post)colonial flux. 

Her first book, Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite (2015) won the African Studies Association UK 's Fage and Oliver Prize in 2016. Her work has been published in The Lion and the Unicorn, History in Africa, Research in African Literatures, Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute and Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies. 

In 2014, she was awarded one of the prestigious British Academy Newton Fellowship Awards to fund her research on the colonial cultural magazine Nigeria.



BA, MA, PhD, Complutense University, Madrid 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Dr Ochiagha currently  teaches on the MSc courses 'Literature and Modernity II: Late Modernism and Beyond' and 'Theories and Methods of Literary Study II'.

Postgraduate teaching

Dr Ochiagha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before coming to the University of Edinburgh, Dr Ochiagha taught at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, University of Birmingham, King's College London, and Royal Holloway, University of London. At the latter, she was awarded a Teaching Commendation for her work on de-exoticising the teaching of postcolonial literatures.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Dr Ochiagha would be interested in supervising students working on her research interests as outlined above. 

Current research interests

She is currently in the process of concluding, Affective States and Archival Excess: Nigeria Magazine and the Politics of Self-Monumentality, and has began to lay the groundwork of a new project on King's College, Lagos, an elite colonial school founded in 1909, and its connections with the  consolidation of anti-colonial nationalism in Nigeria.