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Graduate Student List

Angelica Allen

PhD Student

aja1188@aol.com

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

Graduate student

Drea Brown

Graduate student

Gustavo Cerqueira

PhD Student

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.

Alexandria Drake

PhD Student

alexandriadrake@utexas.edu

Education   

B.S., Social Science Education, Jackson State University

Interests

  Education of African American Students in the Rural South; Womanist Pedagogy among African American Teachers; Predominantly African American Schools and Community Involvement.

Mitchell Faust

PhD Student

mrfaust@utexas.edu

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. Televison and film. Respectability politics. Animation.

Daniela Gomes Da Silva

PhD Student

danielagomes@utexas.edu

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

Natassja Gunasena

Graduate student

Charles Holm

PhD Student

crholm3@gmail.com

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.

Auburney Jackson

PhD Student

asjackson@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., Philosophy, Southwestern University

Interests

  Analyzing theories and practices of inauthentic "Allyship"/development of Critical Allyship Black Existentialism, Black Socio-Political Thought, Continental Political Philosophy

Pablo José López Oro

PHD Student

LopezOro@utexas.edu

Interests

  Garifuna identity politics, Garifuna political mobilization, Blackness and Indigeneity in Central America, Transnational Migrations, second and third generation youth cultures in the United States, and Afrolatin@ Studies.

Jeremy O'Brian Griffin

M.A. Student

jeremyogriffin@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., Tougaloo College

Interests

  My research interest is situated in understanding how notions of black masculinity, black manhood, gender roles, and the binary affects the black church's relation with LGBTQ people of color, namely black gay men, in the Mississippi-Delta. I am largely interested in African American Literature, the Vernacular Tradition, Harlem Renaissance, (Black)Masculinities, Black Queer Theory, the Black Church, and Ethnography.

Caitlin O'Neill

Graduate student

Chinwe Oriji

PhD Student

chinweoriji@utexas.edu

Education   

M.Phil. University of Cambridge, B.A., Rutgers University

Interests

  African Migration, American-Born African Identities, African and African Diaspora Relations, Contemporary African Literature.

Carla Ramos

Graduate student

Dora Santana

PhD Student

dorasantanat@gmail.com

Education   

B.A., Federal University of Maranhao (Brazil)

Interests

  Black Queer Diaspora Studies, Black Feminism, Trans Studies, Lusophone African and African Diaspora sites (Brazil and Angola).

Farid Suarez

Graduate student

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