Carole Boyce-Davies is Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. 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). Read more


  • “Dislocations, dis-possessions and movements of the people.” University of Colorado, Boulder, April 12, 2018
  • “Decolonial Gaps” Keynote lecture at “On Whose Terms? Ten Years On. Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and Arts”, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, March 22, 2018
Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from Twilight Zones
cs350Drawing on both personal experience and critical theory, this book illuminates the dynamic complexity of Caribbean culture and traces its migratory patterns throughout the Americas.
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Left of Karl Marx
b11In Left of Karl Marx, Carole Boyce-Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915–1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist.
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Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora
51i5yPF5FJLThe Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora is the authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries.
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Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment
b3This book brings together for the first time the essays, poetry, and autobiographical and other writings of Claudia Jones (1915-1964). What is revealed is the voice of a woman who was both politically savvy and brilliant, a feminist with radical ideas that will resonate with today’s readers interested in community empowerment and black nationalism.
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Decolonizing the Academy
b4The academy is perhaps the most colonized space. These essays argue that African diaspora theory has the possibility of interrrupting the current colonizing process and re-engaging the decolonizing process at the level of the mind.
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The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities
b2This collection of essays contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and outlook and those who deny that proposition.
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Moving Beyond Boundaries, Volume 2: Black Women’s Diasporas
b6A major contribution to our understanding of under-represented literatures by expanding our knowledge about the issues, experiences, and concerns of black women writing in different communities and in a wide range of geographic contexts.
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Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject
b5An exploration of a complex and fascinating set of interrelated issues, establishing the significance of such wide-ranging subjects as the re-mapping, re-naming and cultural crossings, and tourist ideologies and playful world travelling.
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Out of the Kumbla
OutofThis first collection of critical essays on Caribbean women’s literature created a field of literary criticism which engaged the absence of women writers from the Caribbean literary canon as it established the presence of these writers historically.
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Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature
NgambikaNgambika: Studies of Women in African Literature is a landmark contribution to the development of scholarship on issues of gender in African literature.
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Dr. Carole Boyce Davies: “Black Consciousness, African Studies and Howard University”, the 60th Anniversary of the African Studies Department at Howard University presents the Robert J. Cummings Lecture Series.


Caribbean Heritage Forum at the White House

Caribbean American Heritage Month was celebrated at the White House in June 2016 with a series of discussions and presentations on policy, millenials, and culture. The panel titled “The Impact of Caribbean Culture on America” was chaired by Cornell University Africana professor Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, and featured in photograph above:

Machel Montano, Award Winning Artiste, singer, composer, Soca exponent, Trinidad and Tobago
Carole Boyce Davies, Trinidad and Tobago/Professor, Cornell University
Etienne Charles, Jazz Musician, Trinidad and Tobago/ Michigan State University
Ryan Leslie, recording artist and producer, Barbados/Washington, D.C.
Emeline Michel, Singer, Haiti