Carole Boyce Davies

Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters


Carole Boyce Davies is Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters and Professor of  Africana Studies and Literatures in English. 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). More recent work include Caribbean Spaces: Escape Routes from Twilight Zones (Illinois, 2013) and a children’s book, Walking (EducaVision, 2016) and the forthcoming Circularities of Power.  Black Women's Right to Political Leadership (Lexington Books - Rowman and Littlefield, 2022). A member of the scientific committee for UNESCO’s updated General History of Africa, she edited the epistemological forum on “Global Blackness” for the African Diaspora volume. She is a past-president of the Caribbean Studies Association which organized under her leadership the first CSA Conference in Haiti in 2016. Her popular essays and reviews have been published in media including The Washington Post, The Crisis, Ms Magazine, Ithaca Journal, The Black Scholar, Miami Herald, Trinidad Guardian and Trinidad Express.

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

Research Focus

  • 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.

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