Duku Anokye

Associate Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
2151
Associate Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
2151
Assoc Dir & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
WEST Campus
Mailcode
2151
Associate Director & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
WEST Campus
Mailcode
2151

Biography

Akua Duku Anokye is an associate professor of Africana Language, Literature and Culture; an associate director of the School of Humanity Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) and director of New College International Initiatives, office of Interdisciplinary Global Learning and Engagement (IGLE). She earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in audiology and speech science, a master's degree from Federal City College in audiology and speech science and urban linguistics and a master's and doctoral degrees in linguistics from City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.

A sociolinguist, her research focuses on African diaspora orality and literacy practices, folklore, discourse analysis and oral history with a specialization in Ghanaian culture, religion, storytelling and dance. Among her publications are essays “Oral Connections to Literacy” in Journal of Basic Writing, “Private Thoughts, Public Voices: Letters from Zora Neale Hurston” in Women: A Cultural Review, "Centering the Margins: Language and Learning Styles for Composition 2000" in Attending to the Margins, and "Go Back and Fetch It: A Method for Decoding Text" in The Subject is Reading. Other publications include, “Teaching Writing Teachers to Teach Writing” in Teaching Academic Writing (2008); “African American Vernacular English,” in Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia SAGE (2013); “Standard Language Ideology and African American Vernacular English,” in The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2012). Her book "Get It Together: Readings About African American Life," published by Longman, is an anthology of interdisciplinary readings that provide historical context for issues in the African American experience.

Anokye is currently working on a book "Nana Esi and Other People’s Children" about a Ghanaian ancestress and deity who serves as archetype for African diaspora women's literature and community mother activism. Anokye has received several grants for her work in Ghana, West Africa, on Nana Esi. Anokye’s work in oral history and on community mothers has led her to produce several documentaries on local African American women activists including Betty and Jean Fairfax and Judge Jean F. Williams, Fatimah Halim and others. She was selected as an Arizona Speaks presenter by the Arizona Humanities lecturing around the state on her larger work on African American pioneers in Arizona, and African and African American storytelling. In the classroom, Anokye uses her ethnographic work to encourage student community activism and engagement.

 In 2004, Anokye was elected to a four-year term as chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) “the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition, from writing to new media.”  In addition, in 2009, Anokye was invited by College Board and the U.S. State Department to conduct workshops with teachers from the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). She is past chair of the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Development Committee. 

As director of New College international initiatives, she has collaborated with the social justice and human rights master's degree director to offer Internships on human trafficking and refugees seeking asylum. Students study human trafficking and refugees, volunteer with local agencies working in those two areas, travel to Ghana to intern with an NGO working on child trafficking at the end of the fall semester, and to Greece to work with several agencies working with refugees in the spring.  This internship has become a signature program for the SJHR and IGLE collaboration bringing opportunities for social engagement to graduate and undergraduate students working in a variety of fields dealing with social justice. Most recently, Anokye was appointed as chair of the CCCC Task Force on Social Justice and Activism.

Education

  • Columbia University Summer Institute in Oral History: Telling Lives: Memory, Orality and Testimony in Oral History," 2003
  • Ph.D. Linguistics, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center 1991. Dissertation: Linguistic Form and Social Function: A Discourse Analysis of Oral and Written African American Folk Narratives. Advisor: William A. Stewart
  • M.A. Linguistics, CUNY Graduate School and University Center 1987. Thesis: Semantic Shifts in Word Complexes Found in Ghanaian English.
  • Post-master's. Folklore in America, University of Virginia 1977
  • Post-master's. Afro-American Literature, Howard University 1976
  • M.A. Speech Pathology and Urban Linguistics, Federal City College (now University of the District of Columbia) 1972
  • B.A. Audiology and Speech Science, Michigan State University 1970

Publications

  • Akua Duku Anokye, Charles St. Clair. Oral History Project, Pioneer Award Documentary Esther McElroy. (2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "African American Vernacular English,". Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (2013).
  • Akua Duku Anokye and Charles St. Clair. Oral History Project, Pioneer Award Documentary, Ms. Fatimah Halim. (2013).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Standard Language Ideology and African American Vernacular English". The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2012).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Stories from the Other Side-The African Tale. (2012).
  • Akua Duku Anokye and Charles St. Clair. Oral History Project, Pioneer Award Documentary, Dr. Warren H. Stewart. (2012).
  • Akua Duku Anokye, Charles St. Clair. "Stories from the Other Side,". (2011).
  • Akua Duku Anokye/Charles St. Clair. Pioneer Award Oral History Documentary on Dr. C.T. Wright. (2011).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. Grandpa's Baby. (2009).
  • Akua Duku Anokye/Charles St. Clair. Pioneer Award Oral History Project with Judge Jean Williams. (2009).
  • Akua Anokye. Chair's Letter. CCC (2008).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Chair’s Letter". College Composition and Communication (CCC), (2008).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Teaching Writing Teachers to Teach Writing". Teaching Academic Writing (2008).
  • Anokye, Akua D. Teaching Writing Teachers to Teach Writing. Teaching Academic Writing (2008).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. By the Time They Came to Phoenix, Oral History Project. (2008).
  • Akua Anokye. Chairs Address: Voices of the Company We Keep. CCC (2007).
  • Anokye, Akua D. John and Old Master Tradition in African American Folklore. Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (2005).
  • Anokye, Akua. Nana Esi's Children: Activist. (2004).
  • Anokye, Akua. The African Archetype and Community Activism in the African American Community. (2004).
  • Anokye, Akua D. Get It Together: Readings about African-American Life. (2003).
  • Matsuda, Paul, Anokye, Akua, Casanave, Christine, Fox, Helen, Silva, Tony, Valdés, Guadalupe, Weissberg., Bob, Matsuda, Paul, Anokye, Akua, Casanave, Christine, Fox, Helen, Silva, Tony, Valdés, Guadalupe, Weissberg., Bob. CCCC Statement on Second Language Writers and Writing. (2001).
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  • Akua Duku Anokye. State of Black Arizona Vol. II. (0).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Writing in Community, Writing for Life.". (0).

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
IAS 484 Internship
JHR 484 Internship
JHR 584 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 354 Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
IAS 484 Internship
JHR 484 Internship
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 593 Applied Project
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 354 Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
JHR 580 Practicum
MAS 585 Capstone Course
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
IAS 484 Internship
JHR 584 Internship
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 595 Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 354 Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
ENG 462 Africana Literature
ENG 580 Practicum
JHR 595 Continuing Registration
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
IAS 484 Internship
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 595 Continuing Registration
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 595 Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 354 Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
ENG 462 Africana Literature
ENG 580 Practicum
JHR 593 Applied Project
ENG 598 Special Topics
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
IAS 484 Internship
JHR 584 Internship
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ENG 354 Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
JHR 580 Practicum

Presentations

  • Akua Duku Anokye. "From Africa to America: the Storytelling Tradition". NCTE Conference (Nov 2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "A Story, A Story,". Copper Queen Library, Bisbee, AZ, (Jun 2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "The Harp and Africa,". Life Paradigms Lecture Series (May 2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "African American Pioneers of Arizona,". Southwest Oral History Association conference (Apr 2014).
  • Akua Duku anokye. "Reaching Back, Moving Forward: Inquiry-based Instruction,". CEA conference (Mar 2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Talking Brought Me Here,". CCCC conference (Mar 2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Many Rivers to Cross, talk back,". Northwest Regional Library, Surprise, (Feb 2014).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "The Nature of Rhetoric and Composition Instruction in the High School Years: The AP Experience,". CEA (Apr 2013).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Searching for Essential Questions: Two Inquiry-based Frameworks for Teaching Analysis, Synthesis and Argument. National Council of Teachers of English (Nov 2012).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Ananse Comes to Cameroon,". AfricAvenir Research Center Conference (Jun 2012).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Forging New Gateways: The Womanist Leadership of St. Louis Marian Oldham,". Conference on College Composition and Communication (Mar 2012).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "What's Your Position? Defining, Finding, and Creating Complexity in Argument". NCTE (Nov 2011).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "The Transformative Power of Story: A Case Study,". NCTE (Nov 2011).
  • AkuaDuku Anokye. Writing Portfolios in the AP Language and Composition Class. Association of International Schools in Africa (Oct 2011).
  • AkuaDuku Anokye. "Storytelling and Writing Tasks in AP Language and Composition,". AISA (Oct 2011).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Grandma's Hands": How Age Implicates Rhetorical Relations,". CCCC (Mar 2011).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "The Coon has Run a Long Time,". National Conference of Teachers of English convention (Nov 2010).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Storytelling and Writing Tasks in AP Language and Composition,". NCTE convention (Nov 2010).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Hearing Voices: Listening to Womens Works,". CCCC (Mar 2010).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "A Story, A Story: African/African American Oral Tradition and Storytelling". Arizona State Library, Carnegie Center (Feb 2010).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "From Story to Story I",. Association of International Schools in Africa Conference, (Oct 2009).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. From Story to Story II. Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) (Oct 2009).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. Writing Portfolio: a Model for Curriculum Assessment. Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) (Oct 2009).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "When Shift Happens: Whats History Got to Do with It? Stepping Out, Stepping Up,". National Council of Teachers of English (Nov 2008).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "African Americans in El Mirage: An Oral History Project,". The African Diaspora Cultural Awareness Seminar, (Oct 2008).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Multimodal Literacy in the 21st Century,". AP National Conference (Jul 2008).
  • Akua Duku Anokye. "Whose Change? Realities of Public Communication,". CCCC (Apr 2008).
  • Anokye, Akua. Documenting a Disaster: The Saga of One Family. Oral History Association Conference (Oct 2006).
  • Anokye, Akua. Nana Esi's Children: Spiritual Inspiration and Literary Guide. African Literature Association (May 2006).
  • Anokye, Akua. The Goddess Figure as Community Mother in Africana Language, Literature and Culture. Journeys of the Mind, ASU President's Community Enrichment Programs (Nov 2004).
  • Anokye, Akua. The African Archetype and Community Activism in the African American Community. International Oral History Association, Rome, Italy (Jul 2004).
  • Anokye, Akua. An African Diaspora Archetype. Teaching and Learning with Technology Fair, ASU West (Mar 2003).
  • Anokye, Akua. Expanding the Canon: Diversity in the AP English Curriculum. AP Conference, Chicago (Jul 2002).
  • Anokye, Akua. Keeping the Flame: My Search for Self through African Stories. Diversity Council, University of Arizona (Feb 2002).
  • Anokye, Akua. African Women and the Oral Tradition. AAUW, Sun City West (Feb 2002).
  • Anokye, Akua. An Afternoon with Ananse--Stories for the Family. Arizona State University West (Feb 2002).
  • Anokye, Akua. The Oral Tradition and Akan Folktales. Phoenix City Council (Feb 2001).
  • Anokye, Akua. Loosening the Shackles. CCCC (May 2000).
  • Anokye, Akua. Nana Esi's Children: Community Mothers All. Black Women's Studies Conference, Purdue University
  • Anokye, Akua. "Who Represents English Studies? Whom Does English Studies Represent? A Public Conversation". CCCC
  • Anokye, Akua. Circling the Boundaries: The Interdisciplinarity of Composition and Rhetoric,. Modern Language Association
  • Anokye, Akua. The Interdisciplinarity of Composition and Rhetoric,. NCTE
  • Anokye, Akua. Power of Story, Oral History Project. National Ethnic Studies Association
  • Anokye, Akua. Nana Esi's Children: Activist. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities Proceedings