University of Toronto

Office of Convocation

Ato Quayson

Ato Quayson is University Professor and was inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies.  He took his First Class Honors Degree in English and Arabic from the University of Ghana and gained a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge.

He has published 5 monographs and 8 edited collections, along with several articles in a variety of fields including African and postcolonial literature, literary theory, disability studies, urban studies, and diaspora studies, among others. His most recent book, Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2014) was co-winner of the Urban History Association’s Best Book Prize (non-North American category) and was named one of the best city books of 2014 by the Guardian newspaper in the UK.  Professor Quayson is founding Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry.

He has taught at the University of Cambridge where he was Reader in the Faculty of English, Director of the Centre for African Studies, and Fellow of Pembroke College and held research and visiting professorships at Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley, NYU and Wellesley College, among others.  He is Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada.