V Y Mudimbe received his Doctorat en Philosophie et Lettres from the University of Louvain in 1970. In 1997 he became Doctor Honoris Causa at University of Paris VII. He has taught at the Universities of Louvain, Paris-Nanterre, Zaire, and at Haverford College.
His interests are in phenomenology and structuralism, with a focus on the logic of mythical narratives and the practice of language. He has published some seventy articles, three collections of poetry, four novels, and several books in applied linguistics, philosophy, and social science. Since 2000 he is Newman Ivey White Professor of Literature at Duke University, Durham, NC.