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Jonathan Haynes

Jonathan Haynes

Professor of English

B.A., McGill UniversityM.A., Ph.D., Yale University


Jonathan Haynes was educated at McGill University (B.A. with honors, 1974) and Yale (M.A., 1976; Ph.D., 1980). He has taught at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), Tufts University, Albion College, Bennington College, the University of Nigeria-Nsukka, Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), Columbia University, New York University and the University of Ibadan (Nigeria). Since 1998 Dr. Haynes has been at Long Island University, first at Southampton College and then, since 2004, in the English Department at the Brooklyn Campus. In 2001-2002 he was director of the Friends World Program’s West African Center in Kumasi, Ghana.

Dr. Haynes has written two books on English Renaissance literature: “The Humanist as Traveler: George Sandys’s Relation of a Journey Begun An. Dom. 1610" (Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press and London: Associated Univ. Presses, 1986) and “The Social Relations of Jonson’s Theater (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1992). He is the co-author (with Onookome Okome) of “Cinema and Social Change in West Africa” (Jos, Nigeria: Nigerian Film Corporation, 1995; revised edition, 1997) and the editor of “Nigerian Video Films” (Ibadan: Kraft Books for the Nigerian Film Corporation, 1997; expanded second edition, Ohio University Press, 2000). His articles have appeared in Africa, Africa Today, African Affairs, the Journal of African Cultural Studies, Film International, Research in African Literatures, Postcolonial Text, Africa & Mediterraneo, CinémAction, Jump Cut, Glendora Review, Ase, Alif, Studies in Philology, ELH: English Literary History and Themes in Drama, and in several edited volumes and encyclopedias.

Haynes has twice received Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowships to teach and do research in West Africa and has enjoyed a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.


African Studies; African Film, Video and Literature; English Renaissance Literature