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Graduate Program Alumni
Alumni of the Graduate Program in the Department of African and African American Studies

Mia L. Bagneris

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture
Class of 2009

Mia Bagneris received her PhD in African American Studies in November 2009, and she is now teaching at Tulane University in African & African Diaspora Studies. Her dissertation, Coloring the Caribbean: Agostino Brunias and the...

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Linda Chavers

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in English
Class of 2013

Linda Chavers received her PhD in African American Studies and English from Harvard University in 2013. She currently teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her dissertation, Violent Disruptions:...

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Ashley Farmer

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in History
Class of 2013

Ashley Farmer earned a Ph.D. in African American Studies and an M.A. in History from Harvard University. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and the author of...

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Peter Geller

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in Government
Class of 2012

Peter Geller is a doctoral student in African American Studies, having earned a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University. His research interests include black political thought, theories of justice, conceptions of race and racism, and...

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Lyndon Gill

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in Anthropology and a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Class of 2010

Lyndon K. Gill was born in New York City and raised on all the Trinbagonian culture Jamaica, Queens would allow. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in African & African American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in...

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Wendy Elizabeth Grant

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in English
Class of 2009

Wendy E. Grant received her B.A and M.Phil degrees in French and French Caribbean Literature respectively from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She was also awarded the A.M degree in English and American Literature and Language...

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Meghan Healy

Ph.D. in African Studies, with a primary field in History
Class of 2011

Meghan Healy-Clancy holds a Ph.D. in African Studies (2011) and an M.A. in History (2007) from Harvard University, where she now teaches in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature and in Social Studies. She has published several...

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Michael P. Jeffries

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in Sociology
Class of 2008

Michael P. Jeffries is Sidney R. Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at Wellesley College, where he teaches courses on American popular culture and the politics of race and ethnicity. His most recent book, Paint The White House Black:...

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Christina Knight

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture
Class of 2013

Christina Knight received her Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture in 2013.  She received her BA with honors from Stanford University in...

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Cameron Leader-Picone

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in English
Class of 2009

Cameron Leader-Picone is currently Assistant Professor of English at Kansas State University. He has taught in the Harvard Writing Program and at Ithaca College. He is currently working on a book on contemporary African American Literature and...

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Carla Martin

Ph.D. in African Studies, with a primary field in Anthropology
Class of 2012

Carla D. Martin is a Harvard College Fellow in the Department of African and African American Studies. A social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests that include history, ethnomusicology, and linguistics, she received her Ph.D. in...

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Amber Moulton

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in History
Class of 2011

Amber Moulton is Assistant Professor of US History, Race and Ethnicity at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She received her B.A. from Gettysburg College in 2002, A.M. in History from Harvard in 2007, and Ph.D. in African American Studies...

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Laura Murphy

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in English
Class of 2008

Laura Murphy is Assistant Professor of global literatures in the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans and the Director of the Modern Slavery Research Project there. Her first book...

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Jennifer Christine Nash

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in Sociology
Class of 2009

Jennifer Christine Nash (Ph.D. 2009) is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women's Studies at George Washington University where she researches and teaches in the areas of black feminisms, black sexual politics, race and law, and the...

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Cameron Van Patterson

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture
Class of 2012

Cameron Van Patterson earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies with a focus in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2012. His academic research examines the complex relationship between artistic practices, social...

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Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

Ph.D. in African Studies, with a primary field in Music
Class of 2012

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she researches and teaches on radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa.  She is the founder and faculty...

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Josef Sorett

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in Religion
Class of 2008

Josef (pronounced Yo-sef) Sorett is an assistant professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University.  He is an interdisciplinary historian of religion in America, with a particular focus on black communities and...

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Omar Wasow

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in Government
Class of 2013

Omar Wasow is a doctoral student at Harvard pursuing a Ph.D. in African and African American studies, a Master's in Government and a Master's in Statistics. His research focuses on race and American political development. He is...

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Undergraduate Program Alumni
Alumni of the Undergraduate Program in the Department of African and African American Studies

Chimaobi Amutah

African Studies
Class of 2007

Chimaobi spent time teaching social studies and mathematics at the middle and high school levels for a variety of public, charter, and private educational districts and organizations directly after college. He now works in education policy in his...

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Tonia Branche

African American Studies with pre-med track
Class of 2010

Currently, I am a first year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the new MD/MPH program.  It is a rigorous 4-year dual degree track that integrates medicine and public health, including a focus on problem-...

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Laura D'Asaro

African Studies
Class of 2013

Laura is originally from Seattle, Washington and is a senior in Kirkland house. She is the president of the Harvard College Coalition for East African Peace and the International Coordinator of Wema Children’s Centre, a school and orphanage...

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Sangu Delle

African Studies with a Secondary Field in Economics
Class of 2010

Mr. Delle is currently enrolled in the JD/MBA program at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and serves as a Resident Tutor in Law, Business & Global Citizenship at Adams House. After graduation, he worked as an Analyst at Morgan...

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Sarah Godfrey

African and African American Studies
Class of 2010

Sarah Godfrey graduated with a degree in African and African American Studies in 2010. She now attends Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she works as the Outreach Coordinator for the Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach...

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Oluwadara Johnson

African American Studies
Class of 2010

Since 2008, Oluwadara (Dara) Johnson has been working to improve educational opportunities for the underprivileged children in Nigeria via Project Unveil, a social enterprise that she founded, which uses performing arts to empower and educate...

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Jarell Lee

Sociology and African American Studies
Class of 2010

I am a senior from Cleveland, OH, pursuing a joint degree in Sociology and African American Studies. Currently, I am writing a senior thesis investigating the impact hip-hop had in influencing young Black men to support Barack Obama in the 2008...

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Desta Lissanu

African Studies
Class of 2013

A native of Somerset, Kentucky, Desta is a rising senior in Pforzheimer House. Desta has devoted the majority of her scholarship at Harvard to studying the intersection of religion, second-generation immigrant identities and youth. This focus...

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Naseemah Mohamed

Social Studies and African Studies
Class of 2012

As a Harvard Michael C. Rockefeller Fellow Naseemah Mohamed ’12 is currently learning Bharatnatyam (Indian classical dance) at Kalamandalam Arts University in Kerala, India.

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Elizabeth Nowak

African Studies with a Secondary Field in Chemistry
Class of 2010

I am a rising senior concentrating in African Studies with a secondary field in Chemistry. I am interested in issues of public health and medical anthropology, specifically how sciences and technologies are transferred to African countries. I am...

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Ayodeji Ogunnaike

African Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Class of 2010

I am a senior pursuing a joint-degree with African Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations interested in traditional African religions and languages. I am particularly fascinated by the lessons and knowledge that are often overlooked...

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José Guadalupe Olivarez

African American Studies
Class of 2010

José Olivarez is a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors, a writing organization that hosts the largest youth poetry slam in the world every February and March (...

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Hamida Owusu

African Studies with a Secondary Field in Government
Class of 2010

Hamida graduated from the College in 2010 and concentrated in African Studies with a secondary field in Government. While at Harvard, her interests ranged from interfaith relations on the continent to the mobilization of vernacular languages as a...

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Iman Taylor

Sociology and African and African-American Studies
Class of 2012

Founder of Project MUSE

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Katherine Thompson

African Studies with a Secondary Field in Government
Class of 2010

As an African Studies concentrator with a secondary field in Government, I used the perspective of linguistic anthropology to study hiphop music in urban northern Nigeria. I focused on the micropolitics of language and identity among urban youth...

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D.A. Wallach

African Studies
Class of 2008

D.A. Wallach is best known as one-half of Chester French, a critically-acclaimed duo discovered by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. An ‘07 graduate of Harvard College, D.A. has been featured in GQ, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and...

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Tatiana Wilson

African Studies
Class of 2010

I am finishing up my final semester as an African Studies concentrator. My main interests lie in the creative arts, education, childhood development and religion. I had the opportunity to study in Mali with a musician and his dance troupe, as...

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