Megan E. Fourqurean


I joined the School of English as an MA student in 2018, where I worked on representations of gender in twenty-first century Nigerian fiction. In 2020 I began my doctoral research on water deity religious practices and nonconforming gender identities in twenty-first century Nigerian literature. I hold a BA in literature from Seattle University.

Research interests

My broad research interests include:

  • postcolonial and decolonial studies
  • gender and sexuality
  • ecocriticism and environmental humanities
  • Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism
  • religious studies

My current research explores literary conceptions of nonconforming gender identities in Nigerian and diasporic fiction. I am interested in how local water deity religions are used to theorise gender fluid and nonbinary identities outside the context of western biomedical structures. Water deity ritual practice extends into considerations of the intersections of environment, colonisation, gender and sexuality. My thesis examines constructions of gender fluidities that draw on the experiential, religious and historical nuances of water deity worship in Nigeria and the diaspora, focusing on the political and theoretical impact of contemporary Mami Wata worship.  


  • Turing Scheme Grant (2022)
  • AHC Faculty Research Dissemination Award (2022)
  • Charles Barber Prize (2018–2019)
  • Trustee Scholarship (2007–2010)

Teaching Commitments

  • Race, Writing and Decolonization (2022-23) [Level 1]
  • Creative Africas (2022-23) [Level 1]
  • Race, Writing and Decolonization (2021-22) [Level 1]


  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘”This is the ancient way”: Ritual Archive and Water Deity Worship as Decolonial Resistance in Contemporary Los Angeles.’ ASLE Biennial Conference. Portland. 9-12 July, 2023.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘”There will never be no more River”: The Decolonial Possibilities of Mami Wata in Los Angeles.’ EACLALS Triennial Conference. Sorbonne Nouvelle University. 6-10 June, 2023.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘”An unusual incarnation”: Re-imagining Gender and Tradition in Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater.’ ECAS Biennial Conference. University of Cologne. 31 May-3 June, 2023.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘Mami Wata and Spirit Kinship as Fluid Social Commons.’ ACLALS 19th Triennial Conference. Toronto Metropolitan University. 11-15 July, 2022.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘Gender Nonconformity, Nonhuman Embodiment and Multiform Co-presence in Contemporary Nigerian Literature.’ ASAA 4th Biennial Conference. University of Cape Town. 11-16 April, 2022.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘Mami Wata and Queer Citizenship in Nigerian Literature.’ “African Knowledges for Global Challenges” Sadler Seminar Series. Virtual. 29 April, 2021.

Other Commitments


  • PhD, University of Leeds (2020-Present)
  • MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds (2018-2019)
  • BA in English Literature, Seattle University (2007-2010)