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Stephen Bishop

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Phone: 277-4771


  • 1999, PhD University of Michigan, French and Francophone Literature
  • 1994 MA University of Michigan, French and Francophone Literature
  • 1993 JD University of Michigan
  • 1990 BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Biology


Professor Bishop's areas of specialization are African literature and culture and the intersection of law and literature, exemplified in his book, Legal Oppositional Narrative: A Case Study in Cameroon (2008). He regularly teaches courses, in both French and English, on African literature, including Rebels with a Cause, African Women Writers, Children in Conflict, Shame and Guilt in African Literature, Looking at Central Africa, and African Literature: Three Examples of Post-Colonial Development. These courses often address questions of justice and social order, Otherness, and a search for identity. While the courses deal primarily with fictional texts - mostly novels, short stories, films, and plays: they occasionally incorporate literary theory, legal theory, and philosophy from a variety of national traditions. He taught in the African Literatures and Civilizations Department at the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) during the 2014-15 year on a Fulbright Grant. He also teaches French courses (literature, language, and culture) in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Professor Bishop worked previously as a lawyer on the Navajo Nation for a legal services corporation (DNA: People's Legal Services), primarily in the areas of government benefits, domestic violence, commercial fraud, Indian law, and family law. He is a member of the Arizona Bar Association, the Conseil international d'études francophones, and The American Association of Teachers of French.