Daive Dunkley
Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Black Studies, and Director of Peace Studies
311 Gentry Hall

Daive Dunkley is an Associate Professor in the MU Department of Black Studies and the Director of Peace Studies. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and in the Departments of History and Religious Studies. His research focuses on the history and culture of the Caribbean and the wider Black Atlantic, and he has authored publications exploring slave resistance, British colonialism, decolonization, and the politics of the Rastafari. Prof. Dunkley has a strong desire to educate others about Black history and its implications for the present.


BLSTU 2000: Introduction to Black Studies

BLSTU 2005: Caribbean History and Culture

BLSTU 2904: Slavery and Freedom

BLSTU 3705: Resistance in the Black Atlantic

BLSTU 4704: Religion and Black Freedom

BLSTU 4904: Historical and Contemporary Slavery

BLSTU 8000: Independent Readings in Black Studies

Select Publications


Women and Resistance in the Early Rastafari Movement (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2021).  Winner of the 2022 Barbara T. Christian Literary Award 2022

Black Resistance in the Americas (New York & London: Routledge, 2019)​​, with Stephanie Shonekan.

Leonard Percival Howell and the Genesis of Rastafari (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2015)​, with Clinton A. Hutton, Michael A. Barnett, and Jahlani A.H. Niaah​.

Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Roman and Littlefield, 2014).

Readings in Caribbean History and Culture: Breaking Ground (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Roman and Littlefield, 2011).