Dr. Carole Boyce Davies is an African Diaspora Studies scholar, born in Trinidad and Tobago. Carole Boyce Davies has degrees from the University of Maryland (BA, 1972); Howard University (M.A., 1974) and University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Ph.D., 1978). She has been the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and was also made a full Professor of English and Africana Studies at SUNY-Binghamton in 1994, which was her primary academic community for fifteen years and where she earned the SUNY-WIDE Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is now professor of Africana Studies, English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

Her recent book, Left of Karl Marx. The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008) won the Association of Black Women Historians Letitia Woods Best Book for 2008 prize.

Her Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) is considered a theoretical base for many related studies in the field. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Boyce Davies has also published the following critical editions: Ngambika. Studies of Women in African Literature co-edited with Anne Adams (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 Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008).

Currently, Dr. Boyce Davies is writing a series of personal reflections on Caribbean Spaces, dealing with the issue of transnational Caribbean/American black identity, and is preparing an edition of the writings of Claudia Jones, Beyond Containment: Claudia Jones, Activism, Political Clarity and Vision.

Her next project is on black women and political leadership.

©2009 Carole Boyce-Davies