I’m the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Fisk University, having earned my Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 2020. As an interdisciplinary scholar of higher education, African American literature, politics, and intellectual history, my research focuses on leadership at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). My work has been featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and I’ve given invited talks at a number of institutions, including Morehouse College and the Virginia Theological Seminary. 


Ph.D. in English, Vanderbilt University

B.A. in Literature, American University


Kabugi, Magana J. and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo. Book review of “Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature before 1900.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 74, no. 2, Sept. 2019, pp. 255–258.


College Language Association

Modern Language Association

African American Intellectual History Society

Kenya Scholars Association

National Association of Black Journalists

Dr. Magana Kabugi

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