Laval Duncan

Laval Duncan

Associate Professor of Teaching

5057 Woodward, Suite 9307.1 Detroit, MI 48202


EnglishAfrican American Studies

Laval Duncan

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • American literary and cultural studies

  • African American studies

  • Detroit oral history

  • Poetry


American and African American Literary & Cultural Studies; Detroit Oral History and Poetry


  • B.A., University of Louisville, 1963
  • Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Ph.D., Harvard, 1973

Awards and grants

Michigan Humanities Council, Humanities Center Working Groups, Educational Development Grant

Selected publications

  • Co-Interview with Kathryne Lindberg, “The Continuity of Living for Change: An Interview with Grace Lee Boggs” (Social Text, No. 67 (Summer 2001), 43-73
  • "Scene and Life Cycle in Ernest Gaines' Bloodline," Callaloo,Volume I, No. 3 (May 1978), 85-101. Reprinted March 2004 by Thomson-Gale in Short Story Criticism Volume 67 (SSC-67) Hardcover and Online

Courses taught by Laval Duncan

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022