Walton Muyumba earned his B.A. from Indiana University (IU) in 1994. Upon graduation, he continued his education at the University of Virginia where he completed his M.A. in 1996. He later returned to IU to earn his Ph.D. in 2001. He officially began his teaching career at IU in 2014 as an associate professor of English within the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned the additional title of acting director of creative writing in 2019 and later the associate director of creative writing in 2020. He earned the additional honorary title of Susan D. Gubar Chair of English in 2021.
Muyumba’s areas of interest and specialization include African American literature, global Black literature, American literature, literary and arts criticism, creative nonfiction, Black Atlantic studies, jazz studies, cultural studies, pragmatism, and postcolonial studies. His scholarship has appeared in The Cambridge History of American Poetry, The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisational Studies, and Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice.
Muyumba has published criticism in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The New York Times, and Oxford American, among other outlets. He is completing an essay collection on practices of freedom in global Black literature and art, and he is also writing a memoir.