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Jaime Alves, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin, 2011
Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D. Candidate
Princeton University, 2014
Keisha N. Blain is an historian of the 20th c. United States with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women's and Gender Studies. Her research interests include black radical politics, black women’s internationalism, and global feminisms. She completed a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) in History and Africana Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY) and an M.A. in History from Princeton University. She will receive a Ph.D. in History from Princeton in June 2014. As an Africana Research Center post-doctoral fellow she will revise her dissertation, “‘For the Freedom of the Race’: Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929-1945” into a book manuscript. The study sheds new light on the enduring legacies of the Garvey movement and the crucial role black nationalist women played in building protest movements aimed at ending sexism, colonialism, imperialism, and global white supremacy. Keisha’s articles have appeared in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, Women and Social Movements, 1600-2000, and JENDA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. She is the recipient of various fellowships and awards including the Laurence C. Morse African American Studies Graduate Fellowship.
Cynthia R. Greenlee, Ph.D. Candidate
Duke University, 2014
Cynthia R. Greenlee specializes in the legal history of African-American girls and women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A doctoral candidate at Duke University, Greenlee will graduate in June 2014. Her dissertation, “Black Girls and Childhood on Trial in South Carolina, 1885-1920,” explores how emergent segregation law, the punitive turn in criminal justice, Progressive reform ideas about childhood and early social science affected black girls in the legal system. Greenlee will spend her year revising her dissertation into a manuscript for publication. She is the recipient of many awards, including the 2012 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Ida B. Wells award from the Coordinating Council for Women in History, a Littleton-Griswold research grant from the American Historical Association, and a Cromwell fellowship from the American Society for Legal History. Greenlee did her undergraduate work in history and international studies at the University of North Carolina, where she later pursued a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication. A former journalist, she continues to write for online publications and strives to use history to illuminate the present. She is a member of the Echoing Ida collective of black women writers and is active in community organizations that advocate for the reproductive health of women, men and families. Follow her on Twitter @CynthiaGreenlee.
Surya Parekh, Ph.D.
History of Consciousness
University of California-Santa Cruz, 2013
Surya Parekh completed his Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy department and the Rock Ethics Institute. His research and teaching interests include the critical philosophy of race, feminist philosophies, history of philosophy (Enlightenment and German Idealism), political theory, and ethics. His dissertation identifies a series of philosophical dilemmas in Kant’s cosmopolitanism whose resolution connects the promises of cosmopolitanism with Enlightenment and 18th century discourses of race, gender, and indigeneity. As a Fellow, he is developing the Critical Philosophy of Race Initiative at the Rock Ethics Institute, with a focus on the transnational scope of historical and emergent conceptions of race. He is also preparing a book manuscript and collaborating on research that links the history of philosophy to contemporary debates on indigenous policy. He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the University of California Chancellor’s Fellowship, the Lisa and Ernest Auerbach Fellowship, and a Deutscher Akademischer Austasch Dienst (DAAD) scholarship.
2014-2015 Affiliate Fellows
Anyabwile Aaron Love, Ph.D. Candidate
African American Studies
Temple University, 2014
Anyabwile Aaron Love is an Africana Studies scholar. He completed both his B.A. (Cum Laude) and his M.A. in African American Studies from Temple University. He will receive his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in May 2014. His primary research interest considers the necessity of developing and utilizing African centered methodologies in the research of African cultures. Anyabwile’s major research focus proposes a methodology that incorporates African cosmology and philosophies to inform the research of African and African diaspora music and musicians. His passion project is to author a biography on John William Coltrane that utilizes his proposed methodology in the telling of John Coltrane’s narrative. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Lincoln University, Drexel University and was the instructor of record at Temple University during his doctoral studies. Anyabwile has studied in Legon at the University of Ghana. He was a co-founder of the Uhuru Underground Education Conferences in both Philadelphia, PA and Oakland, CA, and is an active member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC). Anyabwile will spend his time as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Department of African American Studies refining his teaching pedagogy and revising his dissertation into a book manuscript.
AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D.
Emory University, 2013
AnneMarie Mingo has completed her Ph.D. in Ethics and Society in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Her research interests include socio-religious activism of African American women and theological and ethical influences in social movements. As an Africana Research Center post-doctoral fellow she will focus on revising her dissertation that develops a Lived theology and Liberative social ethic from the lived experiences of Black Churchwomen who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Her recent publication Restoring Rosewood: Movements from Pain to Power to Peace, appears in The Practical Matters Journal. She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards including the Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Mingo has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of African American Studies and Women’s Studies Department at Penn State University that she will begin this fall.
Sasha Turner, Ph.D.
University of Cambridge, UK, 2008
Sasha Turner is a native of Jamaica, where she completed her undergraduate degree in history at the University of the West Indies, Mona. She received a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and fellowships from Rutgers University and Washington University. She is primarily interested in histories of the body and women in the Caribbean and the Atlantic World. Her current research explores the dynamics of race, reproduction and the status of freedom in defining women’s lives in Caribbean slave systems. Her most recent publication appeared in the Fall 2011 Journal of Women’s History, titled “Home-grown Slaves: Women, Reproduction, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Jamaica 1788-1807.” Dr. Turner is currently on leave from Quinnipiac University, where she teaches courses on the Caribbean, women, piracy, slavery and the slave trade, and the Atlantic World. As a Richards Center and Africana Research Center Fellow, Sasha will complete her book manuscript for publication. In Fall 2014, Dr. Turner returns to Quinnipiac University where she will continue to teach courses on the Caribbean, women, and slavery.
Michael Woldemariam, Ph.D.
Princeton University, 2011
Michael Woldemariam holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and is currently an assistant professor in international relations at Boston University. Woldemariam's teaching and research interests focus on African politics, particularly the dynamics of armed conflict, the behavior of rebel organizations and self-determination movements, and post-conflict institution building. He has special expertise in the Horn of Africa, and has conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somaliland, Kenya, South Africa, and India. His dissertation and book project, tentatively titled “Why Rebels Collide: Factionalism and Fragmentation in African Insurgencies” investigates a common feature of civil wars: the fragmentation of rebel organizations into mutually exclusive, competing groups. The project is based on a comprehensive analysis of Ethiopia’s civil wars and original data on patterns of rebel fragmentation across post-colonial Africa. Woldemariam has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Bradley fellow, and a research specialist with the Innovations for Successful Societies program at Princeton University. Dr. Woldemariam will be resuming his duties as an assistant professor of international relations this fall.
2013-2014 Affiliate Fellows
Moya Bailey, Ph.D.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Emory University, 2013
disability studies. Her current work focuses on constructs of health
and normativity within a US context. She is interested in how race,
gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She is
the co-conspirator of Quirky Black Girls, a digital collective of
strange and different Black girls. She is a blogger and digital
alchemist for the Crunk Feminist Collective. She also co-curates the #transformdh initiative in Digital Humanities. Dr. Bailey accepted a postdoctoral position in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University and will be working with the university's Digital Humanities Center, the NULab, beginning in the summer of 2014.
Surya Parekh, Ph.D.
History of Consciousness
University of California-Santa Cruz, 2013
Surya Parekh completed his Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy department and the Rock Ethics Institute. His research and teaching interests include the critical philosophy of race, feminist philosophies, history of philosophy (Enlightenment and German Idealism), political theory, and ethics. His dissertation identifies a series of philosophical dilemmas in Kant’s cosmopolitanism whose resolution connects the promises of cosmopolitanism with Enlightenment and 18th century discourses of race, gender, and indigeneity. As a Fellow, he is developing the Critical Philosophy of Race Initiative at the Rock Ethics Institute, with a focus on the transnational scope of historical and emergent conceptions of race. He is also preparing a book manuscript and collaborating on research that links the history of philosophy to contemporary debates on indigenous policy. He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the University of California Chancellor’s Fellowship, the Lisa and Ernest Auerbach Fellowship, and a Deutscher Akademischer Austasch Dienst (DAAD) scholarship. During the course of the year, Dr. Parekh accepted an Africana Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be hosted in African-American studies for 2014-15.
Jessie Dunbar, Ph.D.
Emory University, 2012
Jessie Dunbar completed her B.A. in English at Clark Atlanta University. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Georgia, where she completed a thesis entitled, “Tracing the Arc: Representations of Slave Children in History and Literature.” Jessie holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Emory University. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century African American literature as well as Diaspora studies. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Graduate Research Opportunities Fellowship and the Laney Graduate School Diversity Fellowship. Jessie is revising her dissertation, “Democracy, Diaspora, and Disillusionment: Black Itinerancy and the Propaganda Wars,” for publication. Dr. Dunbar has accepted an Assistant Professor of African American/African Diasporic Literature position at University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jessica Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Maryland-College Park, 2012
Jessica Marie Johnson completed her doctorate in History at the University of Maryland-College Park. Her dissertation explores free women of African descent in the eighteenth-century French Atlantic. Jessica's research interests include African-American and Afro-Atlantic history; women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; slavery and the slave trade; digital feminisms, digital humanities, and new media; and diaspora and race theory. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship at Bowdoin College, a Woodrow Wilson Mellon-Mays Dissertation Grant, and a Gilder-Lehrman Institute Research Fellowship. As a postdoctoral fellow with the Africana Research Center and the Richards Civil War Center, she will be revising her dissertation for publication. Dr. Johnson has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of History at Michigan State University. Jessica tweets at @jmjohnsophd and tumbles at Diaspora Hypertext (http://jmjohnso.tumblr.com).
Sabrina Strings, Ph.D.
University of California-San Diego, 2012
Sabrina Strings has a B.A. with High Honors in Psychology from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Sociology from UC San Diego. She recently received her Ph.D. from UC San Diego. Her research examines the co-construction blackness and whiteness vis à vis the discourse surrounding "racially appropriate" female bodies from the Enlightenment through the early 20th century. Sabrina is a former McNair Scholar and has received several awards for her research from the African and African American Studies Research Center, as well as the Ujima Network. She has served as a UC President’s Dissertation Year fellow, and is currently a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Dr. Strings has been awarded the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (to start July 2013) and will have a joint appointment in the School of Public Health and the Department of Sociology.
William Sturkey, Ph.D.
Ohio State University, 2012
William Sturkey received his Ph.D. in History at The Ohio State University where he is finishing a dissertation titled "The Heritage of Hub City: The Struggle for Opportunity in the New South." Through the lens of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a classic town of the New South, William's project explores the racial struggle for opportunity across a century of American life between Emancipation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. William received his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 where he wrote "Houses of Liberty," which won the Mississippi Historical Association's Glover Moore Prize. He has also written articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of African American History and the Journal of Mississippi History and been supported by numerous grants and fellowships. At Penn State, William will revise his dissertation manuscript for publication and begin working on his next project, a social and cultural history of Northern black life, amusement, and vice in the decades before World War II. Dr. Sturkey has accepted a two-year post-doctoral position in the History Department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Michael Kehinde, Ph.D.
Durham University, UK, 2010
Michael Kehinde has degrees from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Durham University in the United Kingdom. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Durham University researching the implications of colonial boundaries in West Africa as a fellow of SEPHIS. His current research focuses on the significance of trans-border ethnicity for regional integration in West Africa. Michael had previously taught political science at Lagos State University in Nigeria and African politics at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. He is an alumnus of the Global South Workshop of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs, Geneva, Switzerland as well as a graduate fellow of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India. Michael's research and teaching interests include African politics and development, borderland studies and migration.
Crystal Sanders, Ph.D.
Northwestern University, 2011
Crystal Sanders completed her B.A. in History at Duke University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History at Northwestern University. Her research interests include 20th Century United States History, African American History, and the History of Black Education. She has received numerous awards including a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Educational Research. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Africana Research Center, Crystal is revising her dissertation, "To Be Free of Fear: Black Women's Fight For Freedom Through the Child Development Group of Mississippi," for publication. Dr. Sanders has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Penn State University.
2011-2012 Affiliate Fellows
Luvell Anderson, Jr., Ph.D.
Luvell Anderson is the first Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Pennsylvania State University. He received his BA in philosophy from University of Missouri at St. Louis and has recently completed his PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University. He specializes in philosophy of language and critical philosophy of race and has published articles on racial slurs. Luvell is currently working on a co-edited volume on the Philosophy of Race. He is also working with the Implicit Bias and Philosophy International Research Project, developing research that looks at the propriety of reappropriating racial humor and racist slurs to combat implicit bias. Dr. Anderson has accepted an assistant professor of Philosophy position at the University of Memphis.
Papori Bora, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 2011
Papori Bora is a Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies with a minor in Development Studies and Social Change from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research engages with the interweaving themes of postcolonial and transnational feminist studies, South Asian historiography, feminist political theory, law and citizenship and human rights to examine questions of the political from a feminist perspective. Her recent work titled “Between the Human, the Citizen and the Tribal: Reading Feminist Politics in India’s Northeast” has been published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Her current research is focused on two broad themes. First, she has been interested in developing a critical engagement between the concepts of performativity and postcoloniality, through which to articulate the limits of citizenship and representative democracy as ways of belonging and accounting for difference in the post-colonial nation-state. Second, she has been working on a book on the intellectual and political history of India’s “Northeast,” which traces the political history that has ensued from the British colonial strategy of separating the region, politically and administratively, from the rest of colonial India, through the Inner Line regulation that created the categories of the “governed” and the “ungovernable,” and how the specters of these categories haunt the functioning of post-colonial citizenship in the region. Dr. Bora has accepted a tenure-track position at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Eugene Walton, Ph.D.
Duke University, 2011
Eugene Walton completed his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Political Science at Duke University and is a graduate fellow at The Center for the Study of Race Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Science (REGSS). His research focuses on international security, armed non-state actors, and the politics of identity. His dissertation is entitled, "Armed Non-State Actors and International Crises: Rebel Group Mobilization and Crisis Violence". It is a quantitative analysis that features the collection of an original data set, and assesses the influence of armed rebellion on interstate violence. Dr. Walton has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at The Pennsylvania State University through the Department of Political Science.
Ikuko Asaka, Ph.D.
History, Gender and Women’s History Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
Ikuko Asaka hails from Osaka, Japan. After earning her M.A. in American Studies from Doshisha University, Kyoto, she began her Ph.D. studies at UW-Madison. Her work focuses on transnational African American studies, nineteenth-century U.S., empire and race, and gender and women’s history. Ikuko’s dissertation is titled “Race across Empire and Republic: Black Migration to Canada and Racial, National, and Gender Formations in Atlantic Context.” She is the recipient of a number of fellowships, including OAH La Pietra Dissertation Travel Fellowship in Transnational History and Graduate Scholars Associates Fellowship at UW Institute on Race and Ethnicity. She is also a finalist for Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize for the best graduate student paper presented at American Studies Association. Dr. Asaka has accepted a visiting professorship at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.
Jasmine Cobb, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Jasmine Nichole Cobb recently completed a PhD in Communication & Culture at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on both historical and contemporary representations of race, class, gender and sexuality in visual cultures with published works on sexuality in popular music, Black filmmaking, and race on television. For her book manuscript, Picturing Freedom: Race, Place and Emancipation in the Transatlantic Parlor, she uses nineteenth century media to discuss freedom as a crisis of visual culture that demanded reconfigurations of race and spectatorship. Dr. Cobb has accepted an assistant professor position at the Department of Communication Studies, School of Communications, at Northwestern University.
Ariane Cruz, Ph.D.
African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women Gender and Sexuality
University of California-Berkeley, 2010
Ariane Cruz received her B.A. from Stanford University with honors in Art Practice (Drawing and Painting) and African American Studies. She received her M.A. from UC Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral fellowship, and the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Sexual Culture Dissertation Grant for her dissertation entitled “Berries Bittersweet: Visual Representations of Black Female Sexuality in Contemporary American Pornography.” Her research and teaching interests include images of black female sexuality, black visuality and race and representation. Dr. Cruz has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Women's Studies at Penn State University.
Kristina Bobo, ABD
University of North Carolina, 2009
Kristina’s work focuses on African American and Southern Literatures. Her dissertation is titled “The American South in the African American Literary Imagination.” She was the recipient of several graduate student awards and grants at Chapel Hill, where she also served as the managing editor of Southern Literary Journal. She is co-editor for The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature and has published several essays, including “Language and Linguistic Inadequacy in Thomas Wolfe’s O Lost” for the Thomas Wolfe Review. She works for Educational Testing Services in NY.
Antoinette Pressley-Sanon, Ph.D.
African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
Toni’s teaching and research interests include Caribbean Literatures, African Literatures, Postcolonial Literatures, African-American Literatures, African Diaspora Studies, Memory Studies, and Black Speculative Fiction. Her dissertation is titled “A Grain of Salt: Remembering the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Benin Republic and Haiti.” She is the recipient of a number of fellowships, including a Fulbright IIE for her project titled “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Oral Tradition” in the Benin Republic, and is now an Assistant Professor at State University of New York - Buffalo.
Cedric Tolliver, Ph.D.
Comparative Literature and Theory
University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Cedric’s work focuses on African American and Francophone Literatures. His dissertation, “Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers: African Diasporic Cosmopolitan Culture,” argues that African American, Anglophone Caribbean, and Francophone Caribbean writers and intellectuals built through their life and works a diasporic cosmopolitan culture in the wake of World War II. Dr. Tolliver is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston.
Tommy Curry, Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 2008
During his fellowship year, Dr. Curry produced ten scholarly essays and placed six of them in peer-reviewed venues such as The Crit, The Pluralist, The APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience, and the Journal of Black Studies. In addition, he presented his work at five national conferences, secured four additional invitations for paid speaking engagements, and secured a book contract from Fordham University Press. Dr. Curry ended his year by securing a tenure-track position in the Department of Philosophy (with affiliations in Africana Studies and Gender Studies) at Texas A&M University. He continues to work on several book projects, including a monograph tentatively titled “Nationist Dawn.” Dr. Curry is now an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.
Alyssa Garcia, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
During her fellowship year, Dr. Garcia conducted fieldwork on Dominicans in the state of Pennsylvania, particularly in the areas of Reading, Lancaster, Allentown, Hazleton, and Philadelphia. The results of this preliminary investigation will be published as a book chapter in an edited volume on Dominican migration in the United States sponsored by the Dominican Studies Institute (City College-CUNY). She produced and submitted two articles to peer review journals: “Situating Race, Navigating Belonging: Mapping Afro-Cuban Identities in the U.S.” and “Continuous Moral Economies: The State Regulation of Bodies and Sex-Work in Cuba.” She also revised her manuscript and book proposal for “Discourses of Discipline: Sex, the State, and Subjectivity in Cuba.” Finally, Dr. Garcia presented her work at several conferences including “Integration, Globalization and Racialization: Theories and Perspectives on Immigration” at The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Social Theory Forum, and “Cuba: The Measure of a Revolution, 1959-2009” at Queens University at Kingston, Ontario Canada. Dr. Garcia is now an Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and African & African American Studies at Penn State University.
Kathryn Gines, Ph.D.
University of Memphis, 2003
During her fellowship year, Dr. Gines guest-edited with Ronald Sundstrom a forthcoming special issue of Philosophia Africana on the scholarship of Anna Julia Cooper. She also guest—edited with Maria Davidson and Donna-Dale Marcano a forthcoming anthology (with co-authored introduction and single-authored contribution) titled “Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy.” She also completed an essay on the philosophical legacy of Richard Wright for an anthology on Wright and an essay on Hannah Arendt for The Southern Journal of Philosophy. She served as commentator for last fall’s Anna Julia Cooper Symposium (with Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Elizabeth Alexander, and Vivian May), presented at several conferences, published several book reviews, and coordinated and hosted the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers at PSU April 30-May 2, 2009. Formerly, an Assistant Professor in African and African American Studies at Vanderbilt, Dr. Gines is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Penn State University.
Gabeba Baderoon, Ph.D.
University of Cape Town
Assistant Professor of African Studies & Women's Studies
Penn State University
Dayo Mitchell, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Assistant Professor of History, Clark Honors College
University of Oregon
Keisha-Khan Perry, Ph.D.
University of Texas
Assistant Professor of African Studies & Anthropology
Carina Ray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Department of History
Shirley Moody, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
Assistant Professor of Department of English
Penn State University
Solsiree del Moral, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Associate Professor of American Studies and Black Studies
Erin D. Chapman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies
George Washington University
Jason Glenn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch