Wayne State University

Faculty and Staff Biography

Kafi Kumasi
Kafi Kumasi
Associate Professor
3rd Floor Kresge Library
(313) 577-1146
Fax 313-577-7563


Kafi D. Kumasi is an associate professor of library and information science (LIS) at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she teaches in the areas of school library media, urban librarianship, multicultural services and resources and research methods. A Laura Bush 21st century scholar, she holds a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington and a master's degree in LIS from Wayne State. Her research interests revolve around issues of literacy, equity and diversity, particularly in urban educational environments spanning K12 and graduate school contexts. Her publications include book chapters, and journal articles in (among others) Journal of Education for Library and Information ScienceThe Journal of Research on Libraries and Young AdultsSchool Libraries WorldwideSchool Library Media Research, and Urban Library Journal.



Degrees and Certifications

  • B.S. in Education from the University of Michigan, 1999
  • MLIS from Wayne State University, 2003
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University, 2008

Recent Publications

Kumasi, K. D., & Manlove, N. L. (2015). Finding" Diversity Levers" in the Core Library and Information Science Curriculum: A Social Justice Imperative. Library Trends, 64(2), 415-443.

Kumasi, K. D. (2015). Critical Race Theory and Education. Beyond Critique: Exploring Critical Social Theories and Education, 196.

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Awards and Honors

2013 Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation University of Michigan, National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

2011 Best Conference Paper Award Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

2009 Exemplary Dissertation Award University of Michigan, National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

Academic Interests

School Library Media; Urban Libraries and Education; Multicultural Education; Issues and Trends in Children's and Young Adult Literature; Social and Cultural approaches to Adolescent Literacy Development.


Research Interests