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Tiana Wilson


Tiana Wilson

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Twentieth Century U.S. History, Black Women's Internationalism, Social Movements, U.S.-Latin American Relations, and Pan-Africanism

Biography


Tiana Wilson is a third year PhD student with a portfolio in Women and Gender studies. She graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College and received her B.S. in Social Studies Education. Tiana’s broader research interests include twentieth century social movements, African American History, U.S.-Latin American Relations, and Black Women’s Internationalism. Obtaining her Master’s Degree at UT, Tiana’s thesis examined the life and activism of Donna Hightower, an American jazz expatriate of the 1960s-1990s. Hightower lived in Madrid, Span for almost three decades and retired in Austin, Texas. Tiana’s work demonstrates how Hightower’s experience abroad illuminates the interconnections of religion and internationalism as alternative routes to black liberation.

Tiana’s dissertation topic continues the trend of exploring black women’s internationalism. Her project traces the ideological roots and legacy of the Third World Women’s Alliance, a multiracial coalition created and led by black women that operated from 1968-1980. These activists connected their struggles in the United States with other women of color in African, Asian, and Latin American countries in order to advocate for the end of race, class, and gender oppression.

At UT, Tiana serves as a research fellow for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and is a graduate editor of the Undergraduate Journal of Black Business History. Tiana also regularly engages in public history by contributing to notevenpast.org. She is the 2019-2020 Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute for Historical Studies and coordinator of the New Work in Progress Series.

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