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.

Kathryn Bedecarre

Ph.D. Candidate

kathrynbedecarre@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Lea Burgess

Graduate student

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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: BA, Oberlin College, Africana Studies & Sociology

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

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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Mitchell Faust

Ph.D. Candidate

mrfaust@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin, B.A., University of California, Davis

Interests: Representations of blackness in popular culture. Gender and sexuality. Consumption theory. Visual theory. The Black quotidian/everyday. Television and film. Respectability politics. The History of Black Cartoons.

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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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Auzimuth Jackson

Ph.D. Student

asjackson@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.200K

Education: B.A., Philosophy, Southwestern University

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

Noelle Janak

Graduate student

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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.

Candice Lyons

Graduate student

clyons@utexas.edu

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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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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.

Sophia Monegro

Graduate student

Nathan Moore

Graduate student

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William Mosley

Ph.D. Candidate

williammosley12@gmail.com |
GWB 3.200K

Interests: African Diaspora Studies, PhD student of deviant blackness, fugitivity, and queer black performance.

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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. Student

tabias.wilson@gmail.com

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

Interests: "BlaQueer"/Feminist Theory & Diaspora Studies; Necropolitics; Racial-Sexual Terror; Afro-Pessimisms; Critical Race Studies; Violence, Memory & Re-Memory; The Carceral State; Intraracial Power (Black/(Afro)Latinx); Literary Critique; Corporeal/Racial Capitalism; Black/Afro-Latinx & BlaQueer Quotidian & Survival/Love Practices; Black Magic/Futures; Poetry, Auto-Ethnogrpahy and BlaQueer Witnessing as Liberatory Praxis

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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

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

Farid Suarez

Ph.D. Candidate

fls@utexas.edu

Latoya Teague

Graduate student

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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

Ibaorimi Zalika

Graduate student