Markeysha Davis
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Markeysha Davis


My students are often very passionate and avid consumers of literature, popular culture, history, and our society—all things very important to me as I construct my courses. Often, I find myself being taught in the classroom by my students, who regularly combine their lived and course-enhanced perspectives into novel insights. There is never a dull moment!


  • AFB/AFS 110: Study of the Black Experience
  • AFB 130: Black Urban Poetry: From Harlem to Hip Hop
  • AFS 112: Introduction to Fine Arts III
  • GVB/SYB 130: How to Change the World

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.A. Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.A. Africana Studies and Journalism, Wayne State University

Research Interests

  • African-American history
  • Pan-African social and political thought
  • Black migration narratives
  • African-American poetry and music
  • Anti-racist social justics activism histories
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Black feminist thought

Selected Publications 

  • The Black Scholar, Vol. 41, No. 3, “UMass Conference: Black Art & Power in Movement.”  Guest Editor. (2012).
  • Dissertation: “‘Daring propaganda for the beauty of the Human Mind:’ Black Critical Consciousness-Raising in the Poetry and Drama of the Black Power Era, 1965-1976,” (2016).