Gamby Camara

  • Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Gamby Diagne Camara is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies. His research addresses social, historical and political transformation in Africa in addition to African American, Caribbean, and Comparative Diaspora Studies, with consideration to African films, literature and critical theory. His dissertation research, “Senegal: Change and Continuity,” analyzed the role of commodities and consumerism in shaping Senegalese social practices and cultural values, particularly through the processes of globalization. His article, “Faces of Blackness: the Creation of the New Negro and Négritude Movements in Harlem and Paris,” also positions the Black experience in an international context by explaining the dialectic social and ideological link between Black authors of Africa and its Diaspora from the 1920s-1940s. The article appears in the Journal of Black Studies (November of 2021).

Camara is currently revising two recently completed manuscripts: “Peace, Culture and Sustainability in a Globalizing World: Foreign Intervention and Conflict Resolution in the Civil War in Mali (2012-2021),” and “Rooted in and Opening Up: Indigenous Social Practices and Culturally-Inspired Development in Postcolonial Senegal.” Both manuscripts will be submitted for review and publication in the Fall of 2021.

Camara also maintains an active interest in promoting the study of Africa in both the continent abroad, and has coordinated lectures, film screenings, discussion panels and mentored rising graduate students. Having conducted research and fieldwork on and in Senegal as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow from 2015 to 2017, he plans to promote partnerships between institutions of Senegal and the United States, thus encouraging cultural and intellectual exchange. 

Courses taught by Camara include Introduction to Africana Studies, Black Consciousness, and History of the African Diaspora.

Areas of Specialization 

  • Historical, Social, and Political Transformation in Africa 
  • African Film, Literature, Critical Theory 
  • African American, Caribbean, and Comparative Diaspora Studies 
  • Third World Issues

Education & Training

  • BA, Black World Studies and History, Miami University (OH)
  • MA, African American Studies and Research, Howard University
  • Ph.D., African Studies and Research, Howard University