Carole Boyce-Davies

A distinguished professor and internationally-recognized scholar of African Diaspora Studies and Black women’s writing in global context, Carole Boyce-Davies is a student-first, Caribbean-American radical intellectual committed to social justice. She is currently the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Africana Studies and Literatures in English at Cornell University. Read more

Keynote address at the Smithsonian Institution’s MAKING AFRICAN AMERICA – A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness. Watch video

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. Read more

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. Read more


Decolonizing the Academy

b4The academy is perhaps the most colonized space. These essays argue that African diaspora theory has the possibility of interrupting the current colonizing process and re-engaging the decolonizing process at the level of the mind. Read more

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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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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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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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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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