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.




Alongside teaching school library (LIS 7320) and research methods (LIS 7996) courses, Dr. Kumasi has helped to develop the new graduate certificate in urban librarianship (ULC). 

During a recent interview on WDET, Dr. Kumasi  discusses the emerging role of urban librarianship in the revitalization of inner city communities.

Below are other recent pieces of thought leadership Dr. Kumasi created in the field of school and urban libraries.


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

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.


Areas of Expertise

School Librarianship

Urban Education

Research Methods

Multicultural Issues

Research Title

Cultural Competence and Library and Information Science Education

Second Research Title

Teaching Research Literacy

Second Research Project

 A study the offers a conceptual model that represents the structural and socio-cultural barriers to attaining research literacy, or the ability to effectively find and critically read reports of research.  

Third Research Title

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation in LIS

Third Research Project

 A study that explores ways to integrate cultural competence and social justice learning outcomes into the core courses of 37 American Library Association (ALA) accredited master’s of library and information science (MLIS) degree programs. The key concepts covered in the core LIS classes are mapped against emergent social justice and cultural competence vocabularies found in top ranked LIS journal articles. The findings suggest content areas where social justice and cultural competence themes can be meaningfully woven into the LIS core curricula.