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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Delali Kumavie

Delali Kumavie portrait

Assistant Professor


Research Interests

I aim to cultivate the critical reading, writing, and thinking tools that allow my students to assess and intervene in the ongoing histories and struggles against systems of oppression, slavery, subjugation, and colonialism in our world. I believe that literary inquiry and study help students to understand the structures of domination and oppression, and their continuing presence in our lives today. As a result, I design my classrooms as a space to develop critical thinking, experiment with learning and writing, debate ideas, and discover ways of being in the world.


African and African Diasporic Literature, Critical Race Theory, Studies in Science and Technology

Education and Previous Positions

Ph.D. - Northwestern University

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University

Carter G. Woodson Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018-2020; Gwendolen M. Carter and Kofi Annan Fellowship