Karen F. Dimanche Davis
PhD, Associate Professor Emerita

About Me

After completing Ph.D. dissertation research in Barbados, Dr. Davis has undertaken other sociolo-cultural research projects in Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, northern Michigan, and in the West African nations of Morocco, Senegal, and Benin, creating exhibits on West African textile arts.

After teaching at six colleges and universities in Windsor and the Detroit metropolitan region, Dr. Davis joined Marygrove College as Chair of the Humanities and Modern Languages Department in 1994.

Since 2000, she has studied at five summer seminars at New York University (Emergent Literature, Native American Studies, Carnival Performance Arts, Teaching Africa, and Food in the 21st Century). For five years, she worked with Marygrove's Participatory Action Research Team in the Fitzgerald neighborhood, and assisted with research in the Conant Gardens community.

She has edited three books and is now editing a poetry collection and a memoir. She maintains an intermittent blog and is active in the local Haitian community. She commonly hosts student field trips to Detroit events; most recently, to hear TaNehisi Coates speak on racial history in the American landscape.

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Karen F. Dimanche Davis Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • Annual Women's Leadership Institute Award, Marygrove College, 2002

  • Centre Béninois des Langues Etrangères, National University of Bénin, Certificate in West African Studies, 2000

  • Olagbegi Foundation Award, 1997

Areas of Interest

  • Caribbean History & Culture

  • West African Textile Arts

  • Politics of Food & Water

Research Projects

  • West African Weaving and Related Textile Arts (Cotonou & Allada, Benin; Dakar & Thies, Senegal; Fes, Morocco)

  • Haitian Narratives of History & Identity (Haiti, and Detroit)

  • Green Mapping (Detroit)


  • 2016, "Bold in Detroit: A Campus-Community Partnership," Network: A Journal of Faculty Development (Special issue: Advancing Social Justice From Classroom to Community). Web.

  • 2013, The Spiritual Adam: Your Guide to Power and Serenity, by Imam Abdullah El-Amin, Niyah Press(editor)

  • 2007, Exhibition: Talking Textiles II: Meaning in Global Textile Arts, from the collection of Karen F. Dimanche Davis, Beyond Words Gallery, Marygrove College


  • A.B. Honors Classical, Sociology, University of Detroit

  • MA, Anthropology (Sociology Cognate), Wayne State University

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Wayne State University

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