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Graduate Students
Graduate students in the Department of African and African American Studies

Michio Arimitsu

African American Studies, with a primary field in English

Michio Arimitsu is a doctoral student in African and African American Studies with a primary field in English. He received his B.A. in English from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and his A.M. in English from Keio University. His interests...

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Charrise Barron

African American Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Charrise Barron is a doctoral student in African American Studies. Her research interests are in modern gospel music in all forms of presentation and media. She is concerned not only with the unique schemata of gospel music, but also with the...

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Jody Benjamin

African Studies, with a primary field in History

Jody Benjamin is a PhD Candidate in African and African American Studies with a primary field in History. His dissertation, “The Texture of Change: Cloth, Commerce, and Social Change in West Africa, 1700-1850,” studies the social and...

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Lowell Andrew Brower

African Studies, with a primary field in English

Lowell Brower is a doctoral student in the Department of African and African American Studies. He received a B.A. in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the...

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Khytie Brown

African American Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Khytie Brown is a PhD student in the department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. Her research emphasis is on religious expression and cultural production in the Caribbean, with particular attention to...

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Chambi Chachage

African Studies, with a primary field in History

Chambi Chachage is a PhD student in African Studies with a primary field in History. He holds a BSocSci in Psychological Studies/BA (Hons) in African Studies and MSc in African Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of...

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Kyrah Malika Daniels

African American Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Kyrah Malika Daniels is a doctoral student in African & African American Studies with an emphasis in religion and sacred arts of the Black Atlantic. Her research focuses on material religion and ritual healing practices of Kongo traditions in...

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Lizzy Cooper Davis

African American Studies, with a primary field in Anthropology

Lizzy Cooper Davis is a doctoral candidate in African & African American Studies with a primary field in Anthropology. Her interests include the role of the arts in social movements, the anthropology of race, and black Atlantic performance...

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Jessica Dickson

African Studies with a primary field in Anthropology

Jessica Dickson is a doctoral student in African and African American Studies with a primary field in sociocultural anthropology. Her research focuses on the South African film industry, particularly on the growing number of science fiction...

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Mark Duerksen

African Studies with a primary field in History

Mark Duerksen is a PhD student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in history. His research focuses on African political and urban history with an interest in tracing the evolving meanings of...

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Armin Fardis

African American Studies, with a primary field in English

Armin Fardis is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University in the department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in English.  His research deals with the aesthetics of resistance in Caribbean, African-American and Irish...

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Charita Gainey-O'Toole

African American Studies, with a primary field in English

Charita Gainey-O’Toole is a doctoral student in the department of African and African American Studies. She received her B.A. in English and Africana Studies from Cornell University in 2004. Before entering graduate school, she served as a...

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Kathleen Jackson

African American Studies, with a primary field in History

Kathleen Jackson, a Wiradjuri woman from NSW Australia, is a doctoral student in African and African American Studies with a primary field in History. Her research interests focus on racial identity in the United States and Australia in the early...

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Sarah Lockwood

African Studies, with a primary field in Government

Sarah Lockwood is a doctoral student in African Studies with a primary field in Government. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York, and her MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford...

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Adam McGee

African American Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Adam McGee is a doctoral candidate in African and African American Studies.  His dissertation examines how representations of voodoo in American popular culture (including film, television, literature, and advertising) help to perpetuate...

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Giovanna Micconi

African American Studies, with a primary field in English

Giovanna Micconi is a doctoral student with a primary field in African American literature. Her research interests include African American poetry and expatriate literature. She is currently writing her dissertation on the poet Robert Hayden....

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Theodore Miller

African American Studies, with a primary field in Sociology

Mr. Miller is an American scholar, lawyer and social entrepreneur. He examines the socio-cultural impacts of race and urban inequality on children, adolescents and emerging adults. He is interested in the perceptions, attitudes and legal...

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Ernest Julius Mitchell

African American Studies, with a primary field in Comparative Literature

Ernest Julius Mitchell studies transatlantic modernism, focusing on the racial and religious dimensions of intellectual life between the world wars.

Drawing on the methods of comparative literature, he analyzes writings from the black...

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Erin Elizabeth Mosely

African Studies, with a primary field in History

Erin Mosely is a doctoral candidate concentrating on African Studies and History. Her research explores the impact of global discourses such as human rights and transitional justice on the production of history in the wake of prolonged conflict...

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Oludamini Ogunnaike

African Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Oludamini Ogunnaike is a graduate student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience and African Studies...

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Emily A. Owens

African American Studies, with a primary field in History

Emily A. Owens is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African and African American Studies, with a primary field in History. She holds a joint A.B. with honors in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality and African and African American...

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Nicholas Paskert

African American Studies, with a primary field in History

Nicholas is a first year doctoral student in African American Studies with a primary field in History.  His research interests focus on power, silence and solidarity formation in colonial and postcolonial New Orleans.  Additional...

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Shannon Prince

African American Studies, with a primary field in English

Shannon Prince is a joint degree PhD/JD student. Her PhD is in African and African American Studies with a primary field in English. She received her A.B. magna cum laude in Senior Fellowship from Dartmouth College. She studies the intersection...

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Jacqueline C. Rivers

African American Studies, with a primary field in Sociology

Jacqueline C. Rivers has an AB/AM in Pyschology & Social Relations from Harvard, with an emphasis on Cognitive Psychology. Jacqueline was the founder and Executive Director of MathPower, a leading community based non-profit in Boston for...

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Carolyn Roberts

African American Studies, with a primary field in History

Carolyn Roberts is a PhD candidate at Harvard University in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in history. 

Her dissertation research is an in-depth study of the social and cultural history of...

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Kevin Tervala

African Studies, with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture

Kevin Tervala is an art and architectural historian currently pursuing a doctorate in African Studies at Harvard University. His research focuses on the relationship between architecture, social identity, and state formation in eastern Africa,...

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Grete Viddal

African American Studies, with a primary field in Anthropology

Grete Viddal is a PhD Candidate. Her research is based in the eastern
provinces of Cuba, which were host to several waves of migration from Haiti.
Grete’s dissertation explores how folkloric performance groups, religious...

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Jason Warner

African Studies, with a primary field in Government

Jason Warner is a Ph.D. student in Harvard’s African and African-American Studies program, where he has a disciplinary focus in Government. His research interests include international relations, comparative politics, security studies, and...

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Funlayo Easter Wood

African Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Funlayo Easter Wood is a doctoral student in African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. Her research centers on theological, philosophical, and semiotic aspects of Ifá-Orisa religious practice and comparative...

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Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students in the Department of African and African American Studies

Kristina Tester

African Studies
Class of 2014

Kristina Tester is a senior in Dunster House, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is pursuing a degree in African studies with a secondary in global health, and is applying to medical school this coming fall. On campus, Kristina is the co-director...

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ImeIme Umana

African American Studies
Class of 2014

ImeIme Umana is a junior in Lowell House from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is most interested in the intersection between government and African American studies, hoping to explore how stereotypes of black women are reproduced and reinforced in...

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Victoria Wenger

African American Studies
Class of 2014

Victoria (Tori) Wenger is from Hampton Falls, NH and a member of the Class of 2014 studying African American Studies and Government. Her main academic interests engage how sociological research can best inform government policy and messaging...

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