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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 Central Africa and the Caribbean. In particular, she considers how religious art functions as narrative, and explores mental illness and ritual curatives for physical and spiritual ailments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti. In the summer of 2009, she worked in St. Raphael, Haiti with Lakou Soley (Community of Sun) Academic and Cultural Arts Center, a grassroots organization that encourages the incorporation of art and performance in classroom activities for students who experience enduring traumas, including the earthquake of 2010. A California native, she graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a BA in African & African American Studies, and eagerly anticipates the arrival of springtime in Boston.