Markeysha Davis

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies & Literature

Social Science

Hillyer College
860.768.5217 Hillyer Hall 146

PhD in Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

MA in Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

BA in Africana Studies and Journalism, Wayne State University

Markeysha Davis is an assistant professor of Africana studies and literature. She teaches Study of the Black Experience, Black Urban Poetry: From Harlem to Hip Hop, Introduction to Fine Arts III, and How to Change the World.

"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, Davis says. "Often, I find myself being taught in the classroom by my students, who regularly combine their lived and course-enhanced perspectives into novel insights."

Her research interests include:

  • 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

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).