Folashade Alao, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Research

Office: White Hall 218

Phone: (404) 727-2753



  • PhD, American Studies, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • MA, American Studies, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • BA, English and International Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


As Director of Undergraduate Research Programs, Folashade Alao oversees multidisciplinary programs for students involved in undergraduate research at Emory College. She manages independent research grants, summer programs, and student research assistantships. Sade oversees the selection and administration of research fellowships and grants. She identifies how students can get involved in research, the types of research opportunities they can pursue and how to connect research to coursework and career paths. Sade also provides resources for faculty and departments engaged in undergraduate research.

Dr. Alao received her PhD in American Studies from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. She was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Literature at Rutgers University. After completing her post-doc, she worked as an Assistant Professor in English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. At USC, she led workshops, advised students, and taught courses in folklore and oral history, women writers, and 20th century African American and American literature. She worked on two national grants helping teachers incorporate literature of the Great Migration into multidisciplinary courses and identified how communities, librarians, and archivists could identify, record, and teach regional Civil Rights histories. Recently, she was awarded an AAUW Postdoctoral Fellowship to explore how contemporary black women visual and literary artists develop spatial literacy for their audiences, a method of reading the natural and physical landscape as a text. Her research interests focus on migration, narrative, and geographic memory. Dr. Alao joined Undergraduate Research Programs in August 2015.