African and African Disapora Studies Department
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Angelica Allen

Ph.D. Candidate

aja1188@aol.com |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., Africana Studies, New York University, B.F.A., Art Education, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Black Diaspora Studies, The Black Pacific, Afro-Asian Diaspora, Philippine Afro-Amerasians, Black Indigenous Communities in the Philippines, Visual Studies.

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Lea Burgess

Ph.D. Student

leaburgess@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, concentration in Africana Studies, Williams College

Interests: Black women's sexual and reproductive labor under slavery, intraracial oppression/colorism/African American hegemony, linkages between Afro diasporic religions and slave resistance, Racial formation and antiracist activism in black Western Europe

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Gustavo Cerqueira

Ph.D. Candidate

melocerqueira@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Universidade Federal da Bahia (Federal University of Bahia), M.A. University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Black performance aesthetics and politics in Brazil.

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Bethzabeth Colon Pizzini

Ph.D. Student

bethcolon2020@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: B.A., Political Science and Latina/o Studies, Northwestern University,

Interests: Puerto Rican music, literature, and art; Afro-Puerto Rican women's subjectivity; Pan-Caribbean cultural exchange; Black diasporic feminism.

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Alexandria Cunningham

Ph.D. Student

acunningham@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Africana Studies & Sociology, Oberlin College

Interests: Black Feminisms, Black Sexual Politics, Fantasy and Eroticism, Sexual Economies, Hip-Hop, Popular and Strip Club Culture

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Khyree Davis

Ph.D. Student

khyreeddavis@gmail.com

Education: B.A., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: The why/how/where of Black queer creative and political formations across diasporas as strategies of self and community survival. Black trans and queer studies, Black feminisms, queer of color critique, Black geographies, visual and popular cultural studies, Blerd aesthetics

Peace And Love El Henson

Ph.D. Student

peaceelhenson@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: B.A, African American Studies,University of California, Berkeley., Minor in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley.

Interests: Anthropological, sociological, educational, psychoanalytical, and archival and historical research methodologies to study the lived experiences of Black communities, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, in the United States.

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Daniela Gomes Da Silva

Ph.D. Candidate

danielagomes@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., Cultural Studies, Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo), B.A., Journalism, Universidade Metodista de Sao Paulo (Methodist University of Sao Paulo)

Interests: African and African Diaspora Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Afro Brazilian Studies, African American Studies, Cultural Studies and Communication Studies

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Natassja Gunasena

Ph.D. Candidate

natassja.gunasena@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Minnesota State University Moorhead

Interests: Queer afro-Asian femininities and the politics of beauty.

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Eva Hodgson

Ph.D. Student

evahodgsons@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., Occupational Health, B.A., Psychology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-León)

Interests: Gender Studies (Black Masculinity), Black History and Identity, and Mental Health on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

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Charles Holm

Ph.D. Candidate

crholm3@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.A., History, German, International Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Interests: Black Radicalism, Marxism, Transnationalism, Anti-Racism, History.

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Zalika Ibaorimi

Ph.D. Student

melanie.mccoy@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., African American Studies, Georgia State University, B.A., Africology and African American Studies, Temple University

Interests: Sexual shaming and deviant Blackness as subsets of Black Sexual Politics through an Afrofuturist and Afrosurrealist lens

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Auzimuth Jackson

Ph.D. Candidate

asjackson@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Philosophy, Southwestern University

Interests: Bad Faith and Socio-Political Alliance ("Allyship"); (Black) Existentialism; Black Political Philosophy; Phenomenology of Black Music.

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Noelle Janak

Ph.D. Student

noelle.janak@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., African American Studies, Saint Louis University

Interests: Prison Abolition, Hip-Hop Feminism, 20th Century Social Movements, Popular Culture, The Black Radical Tradition and Black Power

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Chantaneice Kitt

Ph.D. Student

ckitt@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: B.A., African American Studies and Sociology

Interests: Tattoos, Black Visual Culture, and Popular Culture.

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Paul Joseph López Oro

Ph.D. Candidate

LopezOro@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., African American Studies, Northwestern University; MS.Ed., Special Education, Hunter College (CUNY), M.A., Latin American Studies, The University of New Mexico, B.A., History, St. John's University

Interests: Blackness and Indigeneity in Central America’s Caribbean Coasts; Afro-Latinos in the United States; Histories and ethnographies of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, Black Feminist & Black Queer Theory, Garifuna Transnational Migrations, Afro-Latino Studies, and U.S. Black Popular Culture

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Candice Lyons

Ph.D. Student

clyons@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Women's and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Enslaved Black women and the archive; Black queer theory; and Black feminist theory

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Michaela Machicote

Ph.D. Student

mmachicote@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Latin American and Caribbean Studies, B.A., International Studies, B.A., Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: African and African Diaspora Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Race and Identity; Latinx Identity; Antiblackness; Coalition and Conflict between African Americans and Latinxs; Puerto Rico and identity politics.

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Sophia Monegro

Ph.D. Student

smonegro.sm@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., English and History, The City College of New York

Interests: Black Diaspora Studies, Afro-Latinidad, Decolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, Afro-Latina Womanism, 19th Century Geo-Politics, Literature and Tourism, Dominican Republic, Caribbean-U.S. Relations, Imperialism, Black Separatism, Neo-Colonialism, Travel Writing, Afro-Dominicanidad, Emancipation/Liberation/Freedom, Fugitivity, Afro Latina/o-African American Relations, African American Migrations to Hispaniola, Space/Place/Territories

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Nathan Moore

Ph.D. Student

namoore24@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., English and Innovative Writing, State University of New York, Buffalo, B.A., English, University of Kentucky

Interests: Slavery Studies, Queer of color critique, Speculative fiction, Temporality, Postcolonial theory

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William Mosley

Ph.D. Candidate

williammosley12@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., English, University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Biology and English, Amherst College

Interests: Black Queer Studies, Black (trans-)Feminist epistemologies, Black expressive cultures, Diasporic queerness, African American speculative fiction, Black podcasts, queer Hip Hop, Black Southern vernaculars, intimacy, kinship, #BlackTransLivesMatter, Black genders and sexualities, Black radical imaginaries, activism as pedagogy, protest and subversion.

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Caitlin O'Neill

Ph.D. Candidate

caitlinoapostropheneill@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Oberlin College

Interests: Black feminist theory, Black speculative fiction, and the ontologies of Black mermaids, sirens, and monsters.

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Tabias Olajuawon Wilson

Ph.D. Candidate

tabias.wilson@gmail.com

Education: J.D., Howard University School of Law, B.A. American Studies; Race, Sexuality & Power, Tufts University

Interests: Tabias employs Critical Race, Black Feminist, Performance and Women & Gender Studies and legal methodologies to examine how instances and (extra) legal precedents of anti-Black violence and racial-sexual terror continue to frame and impact notions of Black being. Employing a BlaQueer gaze engages the creative, the legal and the literary to uncover an emerging approach to encountering, understanding and extrapolating anti-Blackness as a legal precedent and a site of Black knowledge production.

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Chinwe Oriji

Ph.D. Candidate

chinweoriji@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.Phil. University of Cambridge, B.A., Rutgers University

Interests: Race and Immigration, Critical Race Theory, Contemporary African Immigration to the U.S., Children of Immigrants, Race in Africa, African Diaspora, Social Memory

Amanda Pereira

Ph.D. Student

amandacaroline@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: B.A., African and Afro-American Studies and International and Global Studies, Brandeis University

Interests: The conditions of Black life in Latin America and Afro-Latinx immigration to the U.S.

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Carla Ramos

Ph.D. Candidate

carlotarramos@gmail.com

Education: B.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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Denzel Shabazz

Ph.D. Student

kingshabazz94@gmail.com

Education: B.A., Journalism & Mass Communication, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Research aims to analyze the relationship between contemporary anti-Black violence and the legacy of lynching in America

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Latoya Teague

Ph.D. Student

lteague@utexas.edu

Education: M.Ed., Literacy Studies, Grand Valley State University, B.A., Secondary English Education, Wayne State University

Interests: African American Vernacular English, Literacy and Language Development in African American Communities, African American Literature

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La'Kayla Williams

Ph.D. Student

kaylawilliams@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A, African and African Diaspora Studies, B.A. Radio-Television-Film, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Southern Black Women’s Performance in the Digital Sphere; Black Performance Theory; Black Art Theory; Black Music Theory; Black Cultural Studies; Southern Regionalism; Rural vs. Urban Southern spaces; The Great Migrations; Circum-Atlantic Memory and Modernity; Afro-Syncretic Cosmologies; Black Spirituality in the Deep South; the Mississippi Delta as the center of Anti-Black violence; rural Black women’s community organizing and activism.

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Traci-Ann Wint

Ph.D. Candidate

trwint@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Anthropology and African Studies, Vassar College; Techniques in Video Production (certificate), Media and Tech Institute (Jamaica)

Interests: Tourism, Collective Memory and National Identity, Blackness as Commodity, Conceptualizations of the Caribbean, Representation and Media