Dagmawi Woubshet

Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty Member

Harvard University A.M, Ph.D.
Duke University, B.A.
Dagmawi Woubshet


As a scholar of African American literature and culture, Dagmawi Woubshet works at two pivotal intersections, between African American and sexuality studies, and between African American and African studies. These overlapping areas of inquiry inform his scholarship and research, including his book, The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of Aids (Johns Hopkins University Press, Spring 2015). Woubshet is the co-editor of Ethiopia: Literature, Art, and Culture, a special issue of Callaloo. His work has also appeared in Transition, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art South Africa, and African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies. He is currently working on two new book projects: Here Be Saints: James Baldwin’s Late-Style and New Flower: A Memoir. In 2010, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and his other honors include a faculty fellowship at the Institute of Ethiopia Studies at Addis Ababa University in 2010-11, and the Robert A. & Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Advising in 2012. In 2014, he was named one of “The 10 Best Professors at Cornell.” He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from Duke University. He divides his time among Ithaca, New York City, and Addis Ababa.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • African American Literature
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies
  • Studies of Loss and Mourning
  • Black Radical Politics
  • Black Visual Culture
  • Modern Ethiopian Literature and Art
  • The 1980s

Current Projects

  • Here Be Saints: James Baldwin’s Late-Style (book manuscript)
  • New Flower: A Memoir (book manuscript)