Aaron Kamugisha

Ruth J. Simmons Professor of Africana Studies

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Contact & Office Hours

Dewey Hall 215

Education

Ph.D., York University

M.Phil., B.Sc., University of West Indies

Biography

Aaron Kamugisha is a scholar of the social, political and cultural thought of the African diaspora. He holds a doctorate in social and political thought from York University, was the 2007–08 postdoctoral fellow in African American studies at Northwestern University, and has taught at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus for over a decade. He serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism, Social and Economic Studies, and the Journal of West Indian Literature. He is also the co-executive director of the Race and Resistance book series with Peter Lang Publishers, and an inaugural member of the Other Universals transnational research collective.

His primary intellectual and research interests encompass the intellectual history and the social, political and cultural thought of the African diaspora. His latest book, Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Freedom, was published by Indiana University Press, with a simultaneous edition by University of Witwatersrand Press in March 2019. He is the editor of five edited collections on Caribbean and Africana thought, including Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (2013); Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (2013); (with Yanique Hume) Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora 2013) and Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (2016); and (along with 14 other editors) The Routledge Reader in African American Rhetoric: The Long Duree of Black Voices (2018). He has also edited special issues of five journals: (with Alissa Trotz) a special issue of Race & Class (October 2007); “Caribbean Trajectories: 200 Years On” to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British abolishment of the slave trade; (with Peter Hudson) The C.L.R. James Journal special issue on Black Canadian Thought (Fall 2014); Small Axe 49 (March 2016) on Sylvia Wynter’s Black Metamorphosis; (with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts) The Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books (Summer 2017); and Small Axe 64 (March 2021) on Caribbean intellectual history.

Kamugisha’s teaching includes courses on Africana social and political thought, Caribbean studies, intellectual history and Caribbean cultural thought.


Selected Publications

“The Promise of Caribbean Intellectual History,” Small Axe 64 (March 2021): 48-60

Editor of a special issue of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 64 (March 2021) on Caribbean Intellectual History

Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, March 2019). Published simultaneously by University of Witwatersrand Press, South Africa. Honorable Mention for the Cybil and Gordon Lewis book prize of the Caribbean Studies Association (2021). Long-listed for the BOCAS Caribbean Prize (2020)

Editor with Yanique Hume, Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, April 2016)

Editor, Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, May 2013)

Editor with Yanique Hume, Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, May 2013)