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
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
Jorge Banuelos's picture Jorge Banuelos
Graduate School Student
19th & 20th Century Black Intellectual History; African-American Sociology of Religion; Black Political Economy & Political Theory; Philosophy of Religion; Critical Phenomenology
Ruthie Block's picture Ruthie Block
Fugitivity Studies; 19th - 21st Century African American and Black Diasporic Literature; Black Feminist Archival Studies; Black Print Culture
Candace Borders's picture Candace Borders
Black Studies, Black Feminist Theory, 20th-century African American women’s history, oral history, public humanities
Tyler Campbell's picture Tyler Campbell
20th/21st century African American Literature, Black Poetics, Social Movement Histories, Prison Writing, Jazz/Hip-Hop Studies, Public Humanities
Shefali Gauri Das's picture Shefali Gauri Das
Racial Capitalism, Policing, Neoliberalism, Economic Sociology, State Violence
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
Kristine Guillaume's picture Kristine Guillaume
20th and 21st century African American and Black diasporic literature, prison writing, Black political thought, life-writing
Gabrielle Hill's picture Gabrielle Hill
Black Feminist Theory; 19th Century to 21st Century African American Poetry; Speculative Fiction; Eco-Criticism; Eco-Poetics
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
Kassidi Jones's picture Kassidi Jones
19th-Century African American Ecopoetics and Georgia Douglas Johnson.
Sam Jones's picture Sam Jones
Graduate School Student
Black Europe; Black transnationalism; African-American travel, particularly in Europe; postcolonial theory; memory studies
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
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
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.
Jathan Martin's picture Jathan Martin
Graduate School Student
Black Religious Performance, Material and Visual Culture, African American Childhoods, Death and Racialized Terror
Cedric McCoy's picture Cedric McCoy
Performances of Race and Gender, Sound Studies, Media Studies, Queer Studies, Black Feminisms, Afro-Diasporic popular musics, popular culture, public humanities, equitable scholarship
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
Lucia Olubunmi Momoh's picture Lucia Olubunmi Momoh
Portraiture, contemporary art, critical theory, the long nineteenth century, the Haitian Revolution, the Caribbean, the US South, New Orleans
Jeania Ree Moore's picture Jeania Ree Moore
Religious Studies; Theology; Black Studies; Popular Romance Studies; Animals and Religion
Tauren Nelson's picture Tauren Nelson
Graduate School Student
Second Year PhD Student; African American Studies and Anthropology
Maryam Parhizkar's picture Maryam Parhizkar
Black studies; Latinx studies; Central American studies; comparative/relational ethnic studies; aesthetics, poetics & performance; possession and property; histories & theories of the human subject; critical-creative practice; cultural institutions and redress; public humanities
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
Gabriel Rivera Cotto's picture Gabriel Rivera Cotto
Graduate School Student
18th and 19th-century Puerto Rican History, Caribbean History and Literature, Slavery and Emancipation
Ben Slightom's picture Ben Slightom
Political Anthropology, Afro-pessimism, Post-Industrial Landscapes, Urban Dispossession, and the Racialized Production of the Underclass
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
Christopher Valentine's picture Christopher Valentine
Graduate School Student
Black Queer Studies, Black Feminism, Archival Studies, HIV/AIDS Scholarship
Devin Williams's picture Devin Williams
Graduate School Student
Black Studies, Critical University Studies, Theories of Knowledge and Power, Disciplinarity and Difference, Social and Institutional Movements
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

Jonathan Howard
Director of Graduate Studies

Naomi McWilliams
Academic Support Assistant (Registrar)

Graduate Student Liaisons
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Kristine Guillaume   Devin Williams