Study PCMS at Emory

The Program in Postcolonial and Minority Studies (PCMS) offers an interdisciplinary and global lens on questions of race, identity, power and self-representation through the study of literature and culture. It places particular emphasis on colonial and postcolonial discourses as they intersect with U.S.-based minority discourses to highlight forms of internal and external colonialism. The program is intended to serve as a forum for extending our understanding of core issues in the humanities via minority and postcolonial narratives of self-presentation.

PCMS  involves Emory faculty whose work focuses on postcolonial literatures and cultures in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, and on African American, Native American, and Migrant studies in the U.S. and other parts of the world.  Apart from graduate and undergraduate coursework in these areas, the program sponsors an ongoing series of lectures, colloquia, and seminars.

PCMS’s outreach welcomes faculty and graduate/undergraduate students from the Atlanta-wide academic community.

Emory Faculty

Deepika Bahri: Postcolonial studies, Global literature, South Asian, African novel
Munia Bhaumik: Postcolonial studies, comparative racialization, queer feminism, American and World literatures
Michael Elliott: Native American literature
Alvan Ikoku: Postcolonial studies, African literature, bioethics and medical humanities
Abdul R. JanMohamed: Postcolonial studies, African American literature
Valerie Loichot: Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean literatures, global South relations
José Quiroga: Latin/o American Literature, Cuban and Caribbean literatures and cultures, queer theory
Mark Sanders: African American studies, Cuban literature and culture
Nathan Suhr-Sytsma: Postcolonial studies, Nigerian literature
Erin Suzuki: Pacific Island Literatures, Asian/American Literature, Ethnic American Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies
Craig Womack: Native American studies and literature
Subha Xavier: Global French literature, migration and diaspora studies, Postcolonial studies


PCMS Events


Postcolonial and Minority Discourses Colloquia Program: 2013-2014


Fall 2013




September 27, 3-5pm Kemp Malone Library

Transpacific Coloniality: Pacific Literary Culture and the Reception of Melville

“The Space Between”: Routes, Roots, and Oceanic Subjectivity in Samoan & Tongan literature” Professor Erin Suzuki (English Department)

“Melville’s Ambivalence: The Coloniality of Citizenship in the Pacific”
Professor Munia Bhaumik (Comparative Literature Department)