Walton Muyumba

Walton Muyumba

Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor, English


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1996
  • B.A., Indiana University, 1994

Recent Publications

Selected Essays, Creative Nonfiction:

“Seeds.” Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2023.

“Artists in Residence: Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Improvising Freedom (After Kentridge, Kelly, Walker, and Komunyakaa)” liquid blackness: journal of aesthetics and black studies, 5.2, October 2021.

“Floating in Time with John Edgar Wideman.” The New York Review of Books, 6 April 2021.

Selected Essays, Literary Criticism:

“Citizen: An Assemblage of Experience.” Alta Journal. 30 March 2023.

“Teju Cole’s Elegiac View of the World.” Rev. of Black Paper: Writing in Dark Times. The Nation. 9 November 2022.

Book Reviews:

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead. The Boston Globe 13 July 2023.

Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe. The Boston Globe 27 April 2023.

Still Pictures by Janet Malcolm. The Boston Globe 10 January 2023.

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell. The Boston Globe 25 September 2022.


“Reviewers & Critics: WALTON MUYUMBA.” Conducted by Michael Taekens. Poets & Writers Magazine 49.5 (2021).

Selected Peer-Reviewed Scholarship

Film Criticism:

“Global Black Cinema’s Personalized Archive: Raoul Peck’s Exterminate All the Brutes.” Film Quarterly, 76.3, 2023.

“Thinking About The Underground Railroad: with Michael Gillespie, Samantha N. Sheppard, and Kristen J.Warner.” Film Quarterly, 75.2, 2021.

Music Criticism:

“The Rumba Archive.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 35.2.