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Yannick Marshall


Yannick Marshall

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Yannick Marshall

Years at Knox: 2019-Present

Ph.D., 2017, African Studies, Columbia University.
M.Phil., 2014, African Studies, Columbia University.
M.A., 2012, African Studies, Columbia University.
M.A., 2010, African American Studies, Columbia University.
B.A., 2007, Political Science and Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto.

Teaching Interests
Police Power; Anti-blackness; Racialized Violence; Colonial Masculinities; East African Studies; African American Studies; Race, Space, Urbanity and the Built Environment.

Selected Professional Accomplishments 


  • Columbia Dissertation Fellowship, 2014
  • MESA-AS Travel Fellowship, Columbia University, 2013
  • Leitner Family Student Fellowships for Language Study and Research in Africa, 2012, 2014
  • Columbia Summer Research Fellowship, 2011-2013, 2015
  • Columbia University Faculty Fellowship, 2010-2013, 2015-2016
  • Zora Neale Hurston Award Best Thesis for the Social Sciences, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University, 2010


"Whiteness as Baton: White presence as police power in Protectorate-era Nairobi, 1895-1907" (article in Preþarationfor submission)

"Negrophobia, Erotophonophilia and Denial: Felling black bodies as communal orgasm" (article in Preparation for submission)

The Bleaching Carceral: Police, Native, and Location in Nairobi, 1844-1906 (book manuscript)

"Poems" (small axe salon 7, 2011)

"Reclamation Day" Black Renaissance/ Renaissance noire, 2010, ISSN: 1089-3148, Volume 10, Issue 1, p. 68.

"Voyage to a New Country?" Black Renaissance/Renaissance noire, 2010, ISSN: 1089-3148, Volume 10, Issue

Empress (Toronto: Kellom Books, 2009)

Old Friend, We Made This for You (Toronto: Kellom Books, 2007)

"Bayakou and Other Poems" (London: Wasafiri. 46, 2005), 17


"Imagining Wakanda: Black Panther and the 'Real Africa' on the big screen," invited talk, Colby African Society, Colby College, March 13, 2018.

"Pan-Africanism Today," invited talk, Colby African Society, Colby College, 2018.

"Gun Rights Debate," invited talk, Student Government Association, Colby College, 2018

"Negrophobic Killings as Sex: Pleasure at the Site of the Injured Black Body," invited talk Reed College, October 10, 2017.

"Notes on Afro-Pessimism," presented working paper, Bates College, September 22, 2016.

"Music and the Arts of Africa and the Diaspora," Invited to Chair Panel on "Music, Language and Literature," Columbia University, April 2, 2016.

"Settler, Native, Violence: Reading a Public Flogging in Early Colonial Nairobi," invited lecture for Mahmood Mamdani's 'Major Debates in the Study of Africa" undergraduate course, Columbia University, November 23, 2015.

"The Spectacular Order: Post-Colonial Subjectivity and the Global Society of the Spectacle," presented paper at MESA-AS Graduate Student Conference: Paradigmatic Conflict and Crisis, Columbia University, March 1, 2013.

"Reading Huntington's 'The Clash of Civilizations'," guest lecture for Contemporary Islamic Civilization undergraduate course, Columbia University, January 23, 2013.

"Rethinking Pan-Africanist Politics in the 21 st Century" paper presented at the Manning Marable Memorial Conference, Columbia University, April 27, 2016.

Several invited poetry readings, broadcasted radio interviews, graduate seminar talks, 2007-2010.

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