Current Graduate Students

Iman AbdoulKarim's picture Iman AbdoulKarim
Graduate School Student
Islam in America; African-American religious history; Black feminist theory; race and gender in Islamic thought; public humanities
Minali Aggarwal's picture Minali Aggarwal
Graduate School Student
Joshua Aiken's picture Joshua Aiken
19th and 20th Century U.S. History, Race and Migration in the Americas, Mass Criminalization, U.S. Empire, Black Feminist Thought, Black Poetics, Black Marxism and Queer of Color Critiques
Stephane Andrade's picture Stephane Andrade
Ethnography; Urban & Community Sociology; Race & Ethnicity; Poverty; Inequality; Neighborhoods; Personal Networks; Qualitative Methods
Kaelyn Apple's picture Kaelyn Apple
Black British History, Motherhood, Body Politics, Racial Injustice, and Early Modern Legal History
Hamzah Baig's picture Hamzah Baig
Middle East and North Africa
Andie Berry's picture Andie Berry
20th/21st century African American dramatic literature, theater history; performance studies; speculation and the speculative; trauma studies. 
Candace Borders's picture Candace Borders
Black Studies, Black Feminist Theory, 20th-century African American women’s history, oral history, public humanities
Da'Von Boyd's picture Da'Von Boyd
African American Political Theory, Black Feminist Theory, Black Relision in Social Movements
Shefali Gauri Das's picture Shefali Gauri Das
Racial Capitalism, Policing, Neoliberalism, Economic Sociology, State Violence
Ambre Dromgoole's picture Ambre Dromgoole
20th/21st Century Music and Performance; Holiness/Pentecostal Traditions; Women and Gender; Popular Culture; Voice Studies; Sonic Spirituality.
Elizabeth Durrant's picture Elizabeth Durrant
Black and women composers, Black feminism, 20th and 21st century music, neoromantic music, literature, Black Chicago Renaissance, American song
Alex Fialho's picture Alex Fialho
Contemporary art, activist artistic response, HIV/AIDS scholarship, critical race studies, queer theory
Dustin Gavin's picture Dustin Gavin
American Religious History
William Glasspiegel's picture William Glasspiegel
Kristine Guillaume's picture Kristine Guillaume
20th and 21st century African American and Black diasporic literature, prison writing, Black political thought, life-writing
Alycia Hall's picture Alycia Hall
Maroon Studies, Jamaican History, Caribbean History, 18th and 19th-Century African American History, African Diaspora Studies, Black Studies, Slavery and Emancipation
Conor Hodges's picture Conor Hodges
20th Century U.S. History, Carceral Studies, Military History, Black Freedom Struggle, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Wars on Crime, Drugs, and Terror
Josie Hodson's picture Josie Hodson
African Diasporic Art; Modern; Contemporary; African American Art
Isaac Jean-Francois's picture Isaac Jean-Francois
Black studies, Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Queer theory, and Sound Studies
Michelle Johnson's picture Michelle Johnson
20th Century United States social and political history; African American history since 1865; Black women's history; the Black Freedom Struggle; Freedom North studies; United States urban history
Micah Jones's picture Micah Jones
African American History; Southern History; Black Women’s History, Social Movement History, History of Consumption
Sam Jones's picture Sam Jones
Graduate School Student
Black Europe; Black transnationalism; African-American travel, particularly in Europe; postcolonial theory; memory studies
Kassidi Jones's picture Kassidi Jones
19th-Century African American Ecopoetics and Georgia Douglas Johnson.
Erich Kessel's picture Erich Kessel
Antiblackness; aesthetics; contemporary art and media; theories and histories of capitalism, labor and the commodity; psychoanalysis and affect theory; embodiment; philosophies of the subject. 
Micah Khater's picture Micah Khater
19th and 20th Century African American History; Southern History; Carceral Studies; Black Feminist Theory; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Cultural History
Alison Kibbe's picture Alison Kibbe
Migration and Diaspora Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Black feminism, Ethnography and Oral History, Performance Studies, Body Studies, Transnationalism, Citizenship
Rachel Laryea's picture Rachel Laryea
Black capitalists in the trans-Atlantic financial industry
Jeong Yeon Lee's picture Jeong Yeon Lee
19th-Century American and African American Literature, Early American Literature, Christian Theology, Violence, Critical Race Studies, Black Studies
Demar F. Lewis IV's picture Demar F. Lewis IV
Areas of Interest: Policing, Race & Ethnictiy, Inequality, Lynching & Historical Racial Violence, Urban Sociology, Law & Society, Du Boisian Sociology, Political Sociology, Multiple Methods (Archival, Interviews, Statistical)
Sophia Lindner's picture Sophia Lindner
Race and racial ideology, culture and media, mechanisms of racial stratification
Faith Macharia's picture Faith Macharia
transnational migrations; Africans in Europe, specifically Spain and Italy; ethnographic methods; citizenship and identity.
Christoph' McFadden's picture Christoph' McFadden
Graduate School Student
African American gospel traditions, history of the black church, 20th and 21st century popular music, celebrity studies, media studies, black theology
Jessie Modi's picture Jessie Modi
20th/21st-century African American and black diasporic literature; poetry and poetics; history of the book; Marxism; media studies; creative writing
Jeania Ree Moore's picture Jeania Ree Moore
Religious Studies; Theology; Black Studies; Popular Romance Studies; Animals and Religion
Maryam Parhizkar's picture Maryam Parhizkar
Black studies, relational ethnic studies, performance studies, poetics, histories and theories of modernism and modernity
Olivia Polk's picture Olivia Polk
Black feminist theory, queer theory, 19th and 20th century African American literature, black visual culture, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, affect and materiality, faggotry, femmes, sexual subcultures
Katherine Ponds's picture Katherine Ponds
Performance Studies; American Studies; Classical Reception Studies; African-American Literature
Yasmina Price's picture Yasmina Price
Afro-Diasporic Cinema, affect and flesh, Black Marxism, anti-colonialism
Jocelyn Proietti's picture Jocelyn Proietti
Visual art, literature, cultural history, and black feminist performances of self
Teanu Reid's picture Teanu Reid
17th and 18th-Century African American History, Caribbean History, African Diaspora Studies, Black Studies, Economic History
Jas Riley's picture Jas Riley
Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Trans Studies, and Religious Studies. 
Maurice Rippel's picture Maurice Rippel
Race, Gender; African Diaspora; Citizenship; Education; Multimodal Ethnography
Ben Slightom's picture Ben Slightom
Political Anthropology, Afro-pessimism, Post-Industrial Landscapes, Urban Dispossession, and the Racialized Production of the Underclass
Cera Smith's picture Cera Smith
U.S. Black Literatures (African American, Afro-Latinx, and other Black diasporic), Radical Protest Literatures of the U.S., Black Studies, Critical Race Theories, Affect Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Histories of Science and Medicine, and Body Studies.
Alexandra Thomas's picture Alexandra Thomas
Contemporary art and performance of Africa and the African diaspora, photography and new media, Black feminist thought, and queer theory
Babette Thomas's picture Babette Thomas
An artist, radio producer and doctoral student in the departments of American and African-American Studies
Black radio history; public humanities; sound studies; radio studies; media studies; new media studies; Black feminist theory; affect theory
Taylor Thompson's picture Taylor Thompson
Graduate School Student
Black Feminism, Black Theories, Oral Histories, Economic History, Economics, Black Studies
Connor Williams's picture Connor Williams
Nala Williams's picture Nala Williams
Black feminist theory, Black feminist geographies, Black studies, critical race theory, alter/native anthropology
Devin Williams's picture Devin Williams
Graduate School Student
Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Education, Critical University Studies, Critical Race Theory, Racial (in)equity, Power Structures
Teona Williams's picture Teona Williams
U.S environmental history, political ecology, race and ethnic studies, environmental justice, digital humanities, and African American history

Edward Rugemer
Director of Graduate Studies

Kirsten Dudley
Academic Support Assistant (Registrar)

Graduate Student Liaisons
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Maurice Rippel   Kaelyn Grace Apple