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Carole Boyce Davies


250 Goldwin Smith Hall



Carole Boyce Davies is a professor of English and Africana Studies. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) and Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008). In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Boyce Davies has also published the following critical anthologies: Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature (Africa World Press, 1986); Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature (Africa World Press, 1990); and a two-volume collection of critical and creative writing entitled Moving Beyond Boundaries (New York University Press, 1995): International Dimensions of Black Women’s Writing (volume 1), and Black Women’s Diasporas (volume 2). She is co-editor with Ali Mazrui and Isidore Okpewho of The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies (Africa World Press, 2003). She is general editor of the three-volume, The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008), and of Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment:  Autobiography, Essays, Poetry (Banbury: Ayebia, 2011). Her most recent monograph is Caribbean Spaces: Escape Routes from Twilight Zones (Illinois, 2013) and a children’s book, Walking (EducaVision, 2016).

Research and Teaching Interests
African diaspora studies
Black women's writing (internationally)
Comparative black literature
African literature
Caribbean oral and written literature
Transnational feminist theory
Black women and political leadership in the African Diaspora

English - fluent; Portuguese - conversational


  • English
  • Latina/o Studies Program
  • Africana Studies and Research Center

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


  • An ongoing study of black women and political leadership in their own words.  Interviews with black women who are political leaders and an examination of their paths to leadership and once there, how they use their power for the advancement of relevant communities.


“Gender/Class Intersections and African Women’s Rights” Meridians 13:1 (2015): 1-25

“Writing Black Women into Political Leadership: Reflections, Trends and Contradictions.” Black Women and International Law: Deliberate Interactions, Movements and Actions.  Ed. Jeremy Levitt. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 23-34.

“From Masquerade to Maskarade. Caribbean Cultural Resistance and the Re-humanizing Project.”  Katherine McKittrick ed. Sylvia WynterOn Being Human as Praxis. Duke University Press, 2015: 203-225.

“Pan-Africanism, transnational black feminism and the Limits of Culturalist Analyses in African Gender Discourses,” Feminist Africa 19 (2014): 78-93.

“From Achebe to Adichie.” Chinua Achebe: Tributes and Reflections. Edited by Nana Ayebia Clarke and James Currey.  Banbury: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2014: 119-124

“Stuart Hall and The Caribbean Left’s Diasporic Circulations” The Savannah Review (Kwara State University, Nigeria) 4 November, 2014: 21-41.


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