Carmen McCain is an Assistant Professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. She has been back and forth between Nigeria since 1988 when she moved here as a child with her parents.

After returning to Jos, in 2001-2003 on a Fulbright fellowship, she entered a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and from 2008 to 2016, with a 7 month trip back to the U.S. to finish her PhD, she lived in Jos, Kano, and Ilorin where she did research on Hausa literature and film and taught literature, film, and media at Bayero University, Kano, and Kwara State University.

From 2010 to 2014, she wrote a column for the Saturday edition of Daily Trust and has also published in Chimurenga ChronicPambazuka NewsBlack CameraJournal of African CinemasJournal of African Media Studies, the Global South, and so on. She is interested in Hausa to English translation and has published short translated excerpts from Hausa novels in Sentinel Nigeria and in Glenna Gordon’s photobook Diagram of the Heart. She currently working on a book titled The Politics of Exposure in Hausa cultural expression.