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Associate Professor

Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Africana Studies Program

Caleb Gayle is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism with a joint appointment in the Department of Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies (Africana Studies – CSSH). He’s also the Associate Director of Northeastern’s Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Law, Equity and Race at the School of Law.


A journalist and contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, he writes about race and identity. His is the author of We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power (Riverhead Books, 2022), finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for Nonfiction, and longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award. During the academic year of 2022-2023, Gayle served as a Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of Arts, MFA in Nonfiction program.


Gayle’s writing and journalism have been recognized by the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, the Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writers Fellowship, and the New America Fellowship, among others. His writing has been featured in the Paris Review, Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Guardian, Guernica, the Harvard Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Republic, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Pacific Standard, the Threepenny Review, among others, and anthologized as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2019 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).

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  • Education

    MBA, Harvard Business School
    MPP, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government
    MSc, University of Oxford

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  • Address

    102 Lake Hall

  • Office Hours

    By appointment