Akua Banful

Akua Banful is a Ph.D. candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she works on questions of climate, culture, and empire. She is also the Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Climate and Inequality at the Climate Museum.


Tropical Harlem

Sitting in my apartment, in parks, and on my roof, I have tried to keep track of the ebb and flow of the seasons in the relentless monotony of a socially distanced New York. Keeping track has been made all the more difficult by the seasonal monotony that my research asks of me—working on a dissertation about literary representations of the tropics has me fixated on heat even when I do not feel it.