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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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