Jeremias Zunguze, Ph.D.

HUM 324 Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Africana & Lusophone Studies

Contact Information

  • 828-250-3972
  • 246E Rhoades Robinson Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Note:

Jeremias Zunguze earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley; in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, specializing in Luso-Brazilian Studies and Lusophone African cultures. His research interest includes African epistemologies, Africana studies in the Lusophone context (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe), cultural studies, and decolonial studies.

Since joining UNC Asheville in 2015, Zunguze has taught Africana courses in the Interdisciplinary/International Studies Department/Africana Studies Program; Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking nations in Africa and Latin America in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; and cultural studies in Arts & Ideas and Liberal Arts Core. He has also given various lectures in the Humanities Program.


  • Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures; University of California, Berkeley (2014)
  • M.A., Hispanic Languages and Literatures; University of California, Berkeley (2008)
  • B.A. Spanish and Portuguese; University of California, Berkeley (2006)

Courses Taught

  • AFST 130: Intro to Africana Studies
  • AFST 178/LAC: The Afro-Brazilian Experience through Brazilian Popular Music
  • AFST 350: Lusophone African Nations
  • AFST 352: The Lusophone African Experience through Cinema
  • AFST 354/ARTS: Brazilian Cinema and Popular Music
  • Portuguese 110 & 120, Elementary Portuguese I & II
  • Portuguese 230: Portuguese through Brazilian Popular Music
  • Spanish 130: Spanish for Advanced Beginners

Professional Interests

  • Africana Studies in the Lusophone Context
  • African epistemologies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Decolonial Studies
  • Portuguese Language

Research and Publication


Rereading African Cultural Producers in Portuguese Language: Ancestrality as a Decolonial Project.  Forthcoming. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.

Book Chapter

“Debunking the Myth of the Doctrine of Discovery of Africa." Forthcoming in Africana Studies: A Survey of Africa and the African Diaspora, 4th Edition, edited by Mario Azevedo. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2018.


  • “Decolonizing African Nationalisms in Anglophone and Lusophone Africa.” Presented at National Council for Black Studies Conference in Houston, TX.  3/2017.
  • The Paradoxes of Marxism-Leninism in the Construction of Anglophone and Lusophone African Nations. Presented at National Association of African-American Studies and Associates (NAAAS)/National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies (NAHS). Dallas, TX. 2/2017.
  • “African Epistemologies: From XV-XX Century.” Presented at Humanities Lecture Series. UNC Asheville, 2/2017.
  • “Ancestrality as a Decolonial Project: Re-Reading Cultural Producers in Lusophone Africa.” Presented at Modern Languages Association (MLA). Philadelphia, PA. 1/2017.
  • “Decolonizing Pedagogies in the Liberal Arts: Engaging in Epistemic Disobedience.” Presented at African Heritage Studies Association.” Washington DC, November 2016.
  • “Fostering a Decolonized Education in an Inclusive Liberal Arts Education.” Presented at Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching/Creating Innovative Learning Experiences in Higher Education. Asheville August, 2016.
  • “Speaking of Rivers, Sanzalas, and Maroon Communities: Africana Strategies for Engaging Modernity and Globalization in the Lusophone Context.” Presented at National Association of African-American Studies and Associates (NAAAS)/National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies (NAHS). Baton Rouge, LA. 2/2016.
  • “Asserting Mozambican Indigenous Ancestrality: Strategies for Engaging Globalization in Mia Couto’s “Nas águas do tempo” and “Lenda de Namarói.” Presented at MLA (Modern Languages Association). Austin, TX. 1/2016.