Daive Dunkley

Daive Dunkley
Professor and Chair of Black Studies, Director of Peace Studies, and Adjunct Professor of History
321 Gentry Hall


Historian Dr. Daive Dunkley raises questions about historically enslaved and colonized populations. His research focuses on the history and culture of the Caribbean and the wider Black Atlantic. Dr. Dunkley has a strong desire to educate others about Black history and its implications for the present. A prolific writer, Dr. Dunkley has authored publications exploring slave resistance, colonialism, decolonization, and the politics of Rastafari. Outside of being a professor and historian, Dr. Dunkley enjoys reggae music, from attending live performances to listening casually.

Other Affiliations:

Affiliate Faculty, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

Websites & Social Media:

Academia: https://missouri.academia.edu/DaiveDunkley
Black Studies: https://blackstudies.missouri.edu/people/dunkley
Religious Studies: https://religiousstudies.missouri.edu/people/dunkley
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6058-9588
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NRHxxJ8AAAAJ&hl=en

Twitter: @daive_dunkley

Recent Publications


Women and Resistance in the Early Rastafari Movement (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2021). Winner of the 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).

Select Journal Articles:

“Black Radicalism in the Episcopal Church: Absalom Jones and Slave Resistance, 1746-1818,” Anglican and Episcopal History 91:3 (2022), 263-90.

“The Politics of Repatriation and the First Rastafari, 1932–1940,” Souls 20:2 (2018), 178-97.

“Occupy Pinnacle and the Rastafari’s Struggle for Land in Jamaica,” Jamaica Journal 35:1-2 (2014), 36-43.

“The Rastafari Exhibition and the Future of the Movement,” Jamaica Journal 35:1-2 (2014), 54-57.

“The Suppression of Leonard Howell in Late Colonial Jamaica, 1932-1954,” New West Indian Guide 87:1-2 (2013), 62-93.

“Leonard P. Howell’s Leadership of the Rastafari Movement and his ‘Missing Years’,” Caribbean Quarterly 58:4 (2012), 1-24.

“Hegemony in Post-Independence Jamaica,” Caribbean Quarterly 57:2 (2011), 1-23.