Dagmawi Woubshet

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Associate Professor of English


Dagmawi Woubshet is a scholar, writer, and translator, working at the intersection of African American, LGBTQIA+, and African studies. He is the author of The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), and the co-edited volume Ethiopia: Literature, Art, and Culture, a special issue of Callaloo (2010). His critical and creative writings have appeared in various publications including Transition, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, The Atlantic, and African Lives: An Anthology. He is currently working on three book projects: James Baldwin and the Art of Late-Style; the first English translation of Sebhat Gebre Egziabher’s 1966 Amharic novel, ሰባተኛው መላክ Säbatägnaw Mälak [The Seventh Angel]; and a collection of lyric essays. Woubshet has served as an associate editor of Callaloo and currently is on the Editorial Board of Transition. He’s held fellowships at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University; Modern Art Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he curated Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show (2016); Africa Institute in Sharjah, UAE (2020-21); and Civitella Ranieri, Italy (2022). Before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, Woubshet taught at Cornell University where he was named one of “The 10 Best Professors at Cornell.” He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University and his B.A. in Political Science and History from Duke University. 

Research Interests

20th-Century American Literature; African American and Ethnic American Literatures; Postcolonial Literature and Global Anglophone; African American Studies; Comparative Race and Empire Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Poetry and PoeticsTransatlantic Studies; Visual Culture