Philip Uko Effiong has been teaching at the college level for over 20 years and holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his Master’s in Literature of the African Diaspora and Bachelor’s in English, both from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Prior to joining Michigan State University (MSU) in the spring of 2017, Philip taught drama, fiction, nonfiction, the oral tradition and writing at various universities in Nigeria, Ghana and the United States. At MSU he teaches theatre, literature and history classes. His publications include a text on African American drama and several articles addressing a range of topics in the humanities.