Faith Smith

Faith SmithMarta F. Kauffman '78 Professor of African and African American Studies
Professor of English
Affiliate in Creativity Arts and Social Transformation (CAST), Latin American, Caribbean and Latin Studies (LACLS), and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
PhD, Duke University

Research Interest

Caribbean cultural production; Black diasporic literature; afterlives of slavery, indenture and empire; gender and sexuality.

Selected PublicationsStrolling in the Ruins book cover


  • Dean of Arts & Sciences Faculty Service Award, 2020
  • Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Residential Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, 2008-09
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, National Humanities Center, North Carolina for 2002-03

Selected Courses Taught

  • Black Looks (ENG 80A)
  • Caribbean’s Asias (ENG 72A)
  • Reading the Black Transnation (ENG 237a)
  • Migrating Bodies, Migrating Texts (ENG 127b)Novel and Film of the African Diaspora (AAAS 134B)
  • Caribbean Women and Globalization: Sexuality, Citizenship, Work (AAAS 125B)