African and African Disapora Studies Department
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Taharka Anderson

Ph.D. Student

taharkaanderson @

Education: M.A., Social & Cultural Analysis of Education, California State University, Long Beach, B.A., Sociology, Minor in Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Interests: Black Male Studies; Anti-Blackness in School Discipline; Political Economy of Urban Education; Black Youth Resistance; Carceral Studies; Transnational Black Social Movements & Resistance; Africana Diasporic Political Thought; Black Power Studies; Black Campus Movement; Critical Race Theory; Enslavement & Colonialism; Sociology.

Shukri Bana

Ph.D. Student

Education: MA, Women's and Gender Studies, UT-Austin, BA, Women's and Gender Studies, English, Grand Valley State University

Interests: Black and Queer Feminisms, Public Memory, Post-Truth and Reconciliation South Africa, Performance Studies

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Sara Collins

Ph.D. Student

myungcollins @

Education: B.A. History of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, M.A. Media Studies, Pratt Institute

Interests: History of Photography, Critical Media Theory, Visual Aesthetics, Queer of Color Critique, Black Feminisms

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Lennex Cowan

Ph.D. Student

Lennexc @

Education: M.A., Critical Ethnic Studies, concentration in African and Black Studies Diaspora, DePaul Univ; M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in Urban Mathematics Education, Univ of Cincinnati, B.A., Afro-American Studies, Howard University; B.S., Mathematics, concentration in Secondary Education, Howard University

Interests: Anti-Blackness in Education, Black Educational Spaces, Black queer studies, Black fat studies, Black migrant studies, Black people in the Midwest, Black Radical Tradition, Black Youth Abolition, Black grade school resistance, Black Pedagogies

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Joshua Crutchfield

Ph.D. Student

joshualcrutchfield @

Education: M.A., History, Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University

Interests: The Black Power Movement, The Black Radical Tradition, Black Women’s History, The Black Church, Black Religion, Prison Abolition, Mass Incarceration, The Movement for Black Lives, Social Movements, Black Internationalism, Black Marxism

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Alexandria Cunningham

Ph.D. Candidate

acunningham @

Education: M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Africana Studies & Sociology, Oberlin College

Interests: Black Striptease and Pole Dance Cultures, Black Feminisms, Black Popular Culture, Pleasure, Sensuality and Eroticism, Sexual Economies and Archives, Social Media, Erotic Performance Art, Sexual Education and Sex Tech

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Amanda "Semente" Caroline de Oliveira Pereira

Ph.D. Candidate

amandacaroline @ |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., African and Afro-American Studies and International and Global Studies, Brandeis University

Interests: Community building and healing through art practices in the African Diaspora; Performance, Visual Arts, Movement Arts, Latin America, Black Immigration, Black Spirituality, Black Feminist/Queer Studies

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Daisy Guzman

Ph.D. Student

dguzman.nunez @

Education: M.A. in Spanish, University of Texas-Austin, B.S in Psychology and Spanish, Allegheny College

Interests: Blackness and Indigeneity in Central America; Garifuna/ Garifuna American transnational subjectivity; Black feminist theory and methodology in relation to Race, Gender and migration. Afro-Latino studies and Caribbean Studies.

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Junika Hawker-Thompson

Ph.D. Student

jhawkerthompson @

Education: B.A., English Literature, Minors in African and African American Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Black Feminist Literature, Politics of Care, Affect Theory, Afro-Surrealism and Non-Linear Healing Narratives, Gender Studies

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Eva Hodgson

Ph.D. Candidate

evahodgsons @ |
GWB 3.200K

Education: M.A., African & African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas, 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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Zalika Ibaorimi

Ph.D. Student

melanie.mccoy @

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

Interests: Zalika U. Ibaorimi is a multidisciplinary artist and doctoral candidate. She engages Black material and digital publics as the landscape to trace the human sexual geographies between the relation of the Black femme and spectator.

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Jaden Janak

Ph.D. Candidate;

Education: M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., African American Studies, Saint Louis University

Interests: Prison Abolition, 20th Century Social Movements, Cultural Production, The Black Radical Tradition and Leftist Politics

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Lauren Lluveras

Ph.D. Student

lauren.lluveras @

Education: J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, B.A., Creative Writing, Texas A&M University

Interests: The reification and subversion of racial caricature (Blackface minstrelsy, contemptible collectibles, kitsch) in the Caribbean and how these visual cultures can be understood in the context of the capitalist/colonial/imperial machine; the role of racial caricature in the performance and materiality of Afro diasporic faiths in the Caribbean.

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Candice Lyons

Ph.D. Candidate

clyons @; personal website:

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

Interests: My research works to consider the types of stories it becomes possible to tell when the archive is approached without the base assumption of cisheteronormativity and is rooted in: African American (Pre-20th Century) History, Black Queer Theory, Women's History, Black Feminist Theory, Slave Narratives, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Slavery Studies.

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Michaela Machicote

Ph.D. Candidate

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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Hannah Michael

Ph.D. Student

hannahmichael @

Interests: Land use, Black Radical tradition, Social movements, Black epistemologies, Knowledge production, Anthropology, Racial Capitalism, Black radical feminisms, Black marxism

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Sophia Monegro

Ph.D. Candidate @

Education: B.A., English and History, City College of New York, M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

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. Candidate

namoore24 @

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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Eliane Nascimento

Ph.D. Student

eliane.quin @

Education: B.A., Social Sciences, Espírito Santo Federal University, Teaching License in Social Sciences, Espírito Santo Federal University, M.A., Social Sciences, Espírito Santo Federal University

Interests: Black Social Movements, Blackness, Black Brazilian Identity, Black Brazilian Entrepreneurship, Black money, Ethnic Entrepreneurship, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Work, Strategies of socioeconomic development, Affirmative actions and Education.

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Christopher Ndubuizu

Ph.D. Student

chris.ndubuizu @

Education: B.A. American Studies, UC Berkeley, M.P.H, Health Behavior, Health Education, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Interests: Nigerian Immigration, Racialization of Black Immigrants, Citizenship, Black Immigrant Acculturation, Anti-Black Xenophobia

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Ozichi Okorom

Ph.D. Student

okoromozichi @

Interests: Black Feminist Theory; Black queer and feminist subjectivities; embodied and aesthetic performance and cultural production; social and political movements in the Black diaspora

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Roda Osman

Ph.D. Student

roda.o @

Education: Master of Science, Columbia University, B.A., English, Southern New Hampshire University

Interests: Black feminist theory, ethnography, urban social movements, Black diasporic studies, decolonial studies, cultural studies, race and gender studies

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Olayombo Raji-Oyelade

Ph.D. Student

olayombo.raji @

Education: M.A., English, Literary and Textual Studies, Bowling Green State University, Ohio; M.A., English, University of Ibadan, B.A., English, Minors in African and African American Literature, University of Ibadan

Interests: Transnational and Migrant Literature; Afrofuturism and African Diaspora fashion as expressive art; Visual arts, African Diaspora Cultural expressions and performances.

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Denzel Shabazz

Ph.D. Candidate

kingshabazz94 @

Education: M.A., African & African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas, B.A., Journalism & Mass Communication, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Anti-Black Violence, Black Political Theory, Warfare, Lynching, American Slavery, Middle Passage Studies, Black Radical Tradition, Maroonage

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Latoya Teague

Ph.D. Candidate

lteague @

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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Faith Williams

Ph.D. Student

fgwill @

Education: M.A, Women's and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.S, Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University

Interests: Black queer studies, Black feminist theory, Black queer and trans subjectivities, visual & popular cultural studies, social media, digital self-making, performance studies

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La'Kayla Williams

Ph.D. Candidate

kaylawilliams @ |
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.S. Radio-Television-Film, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Black Religiosity, Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Southern Blackness, Southern Black Aesthetics, Music Theory, The Circum-Atlantic, Black Transnationalism, the Mississippi Delta, Black Rurality