Elleke Boehmer (BA(Hons), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)) is Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at Oxford University, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, based at Wolfson College. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
She is a founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies, and internationally known for her research in anglophone literatures of empire and anti-empire. She is a novelist and short story writer, most recently of The Shouting in the Dark (2015 and 2019), and To the Volcano (2019). She currently holds a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship (2020) for the research project 'Southern Imagining'.
- Postcolonial literature
- Empire and imperial history
- Race and resistance
- World literature in English
- Black British literature
- Global South
- African literature – South, West and East
- Migration and diaspora
Recent media experience includes an interview with Al Jazeera when American poet Louise Glück was announced as the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature (October 2020) and BBC and CBC commentary in 2013 following the death of Nelson Mandela.
Professor Elleke Boehmer is also curator of the open educational resource hub Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds.