Cajetan Iheka’s research and teaching focus on African and Caribbean literatures and film, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, ecomedia, and world literature. He is the author of Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature (Cambridge UP 2018), winner of the 2019 Ecocriticism Book Award of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. He co-edited Contemporary African Migration Narratives: Place, Race, and Space (Rochester UP), and is currently working on two projects. The first is a book signaling the media turn in African ecocriticism with its focus on film, photography, and other visual arts (under contract with Duke UP). He is also editing the MLA volume, Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media. His articles have appeared in refereed venues such as Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Environmental Ethics, Research in African Literatures, and the Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics.
His awards and fellowships include the Best Article Award of the African Literature Association, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, and the Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin. He is one of the editors of African Studies Review, the multidisciplinary journal of the African Studies Association.