Caitlin Tyler-Richards


Advisor: Florence Bernault

Caitlin Tyler-Richards


I am a PhD candidate in African History. Her research focuses on contemporary Nigerian history, African vernacular and anglophone literature, and transnational networks. I am currently working on her dissertation, “‘I Wish You All Vivid’: Producing and Consuming Nigerian Literature in a Post-Colonial World,” which is a born-digital project that explores modes of fiction production, circulation and consumption in Nigeria since 1945. It considers how literary activities, spaces and objects have facilitated local and transnational networks of exchange between Nigeria and the world, as well as how centering African actors and texts in these exchanges may change the way we approach world literature.

I was the 2018 Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow at the University of Washington Press in Seattle. I’m currently a Predoctoral Fellow in the History Department at the University of Utah.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
B.A., College of Wooster, 2009


  • African History

M.A. Title

  • ‘“An On-Going Experiment”: An Interstitial Reading of Nigerian Book Production, 1950s – 1970s.’

Working Dissertation Title

  • “’I Wish You All Vivid’: Producing and Consuming Nigerian Literature in a Post-Colonial World”

Selected Publications

  • Claire Payton. ““Q&A with Claire Payton on Haiti, spirituality, and oral history.” Interviewed by Caitlin Tyler-Richards. The OUPblog Tenth Anniversary Book: Ten Years of Academic Insights for the Thinking World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 74-79.
  • Co-Author. “Coda: Reading Beyond the Pages of the OHR.” Oral History Review 40, no. 2 (2013): 480-481.


  • 2016-2017, Fulbright Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
  • 2016, History Department Research Travel Grant, UW-Madison
  • 2016, Student Research Travel Grants – Research Travel Award, UW-Madison
  • 2014, Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship, UW-Madison
  • 2013-2014, Foreign Language and Area Studies Academic Year Fellowship, UW-Madison
  • 2013, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad — Intensive Advance Yoruba in Nigeria, University of Florida – Gainesville

Professional Affiliations

  • African Studies Association, African Literature Association

Courses Taught as TA

  • Spring 2016, Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1848-1877
  • Fall 2015, Introduction to African Languages and Literature
  • Spring 2015, Afro-Atlantic Histories and Peoples, 1791-Present
  • Fall 2014, Africa: An Introductory Survey