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Markeysha Davis

WHY DO YOU ENJOY TEACHING STUDENTS IN HILLYER?

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!

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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).