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Mears 210
1213 6th Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Makeba Lavan

Assistant Professor

Makeba Lavan is an Instructor in English at Grinnell College. Generally speaking, her research focuses on (African) American Studies, Afrofuturism/Speculative Fiction and Popular Culture. In the fall of 2018, Makeba was granted a fellowship in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality department at Harvard University, and a Teaching and Learning Technology Fellowship at CUNY’s Macaulay Honor’s College. In 2016, Makeba received the CUNY Mellon Humanities Alliance Fellowship, a new initiative that seeks to prepare graduate students for a successful teaching career at Community Colleges. Makeba has been published in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies and Modern Language Studies. As part of Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, she co-edited “Realizing the Dream of A Black University” & Other Writings,” a collaborative publication of Toni Cade Bambara’s teaching materials from CUNY and Spelman College (2017). Makeba taught English Composition and literature courses at Lehman College from 2014-2018.

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