African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Meet AADS’s New Faculty and Academic Staff

Mon, November 4, 2019
Meet AADS’s New Faculty and Academic Staff
Dr. Priscilla Vaz

AADS is pleased to welcome the new members of our faculty and academic staff!


Dr. Bedour Alagraa, Assistant Professor of AADS

Dr. Bedour Alagraa completed her Ph.D. in Africana Studies (2019) and an M.A. in Africana Studies (2017) at Brown University; she also holds an MSc. in Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonial Studies from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Alagraa’sresearch and teaching interests include Black Political Thought (specifically Black Marxism and African anti-colonial thought); Black intellectual histories; early modern political philosophy; Caribbean Studies, Black Feminist Thought; and Black transnational movements. Her articles have been published in various journals including Critical Ethnic Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, The CLR James Journal of Caribbean Philosophy, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.

Dr. Patrick Walter, Lecturer of AADS

Dr. Patrick Walter completed his Ph.D. in English (2012) and an M.A. in English (2008) at the University of Buffalo, SUNY. He also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. His research and teaching interest include Contemporary American and African Diasporic literature; Media studies; Cultural Studies; and Marxism. His articles have been published in the Cultural Critique, Arizona Quarterly, and in The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art (Ed. Frances Gateward, F. & Jenning, J.; 2015), among other venues.

Dr. Traci-Ann Wint-Hayles, Lecturer of AADS

Dr. Traci-Ann Wint-Hayles completed her Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora Studies (2019) and an M.A. in Social Anthropology (2012) at The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Vassar College, and a Certificate in Techniques in Video Production from the Media Technology Institute (Kingston, Jamaica). Wint-Hayles’ research and teaching interests include Tourism; Collective Memory and National Identity; Blackness as Commodity; Conceptualizations of the Caribbean; Representation and Media. Her articles and poetry have been published in various journals including the Haunt Journal of Art, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, and English and Third World Literatures Review of Books.

Dr. Priscilla Vaz, Postdoctoral Fellow in AADS and Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Dr. Priscilla Vaz completed her Ph.D. in Geography (2018) and an M.A. in Geography (2012) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a B.A. in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations from the University of São Paulo-Brazil; a professional certificate in Globalization and Development; and a professional certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies from Duke and UNC. Vaz’s research interests include Afro-Latinidades; Black Geographies; Urban Geography; Intersectional Feminism; engaged scholarship; favela movements in Brazil; solidarity economy; Critical Ethnography Performance (Theater of the Oppressed). Her articles are published in Geoforum, and in Unknowable: Geography and Black Feminisms (Ed. Latoya, E. Forthcoming Fall 2019).

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