Cheryl Sterling, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English and Director of African Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA. She is a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of numerous grants, including the Organization of American States fellowship. She has published numerous critical essays in noted journals and in books such as Migrations and Creative Expressions of Africa and the African Diaspora and Narrating War and Peace in Africa. She is the editor of a special issue of WAGADU: A Journal Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies on African and Diasporic Women’s Literature (2017). Her award-winning book, African Roots, Brazilian Rites: Cultural and National Identity (2012), investigates African roots matrix ideologies in the literary and performance traditions of Afro-Brazilians. She is currently working on a book that creates aesthetic theory based on Yoruba Orisha paradigms to read African and African diasporic texts and images.