2021 Graduates

2021 Doctor of Philosophy in Africana Studies


David Chavannes
Dissertation Title: Contending with Coloniality Through Speculation, Storytelling, And Sound Performance



Augusta Atinuke Irele
Dissertation title:  Narratives of the New Diaspora: Migration and Transnationalism in Contemporary African Literature



Jasmine Blanks Jones
Dissertation Title: Performance as Public Work: Youth as Civic Actors for Policy and Practice in Liberia
Award: Graduate Student Prize for Best Dissertation in Africana Studies


2021 Undergraduate Majors in Africana Studies


Amadi N. Essoka-Lasenberry
Capstone Title: Reclaiming Reproductive Agency: Confronting the Unmet Need for Family Planning Resources in Cameroon



Adrian Charles Evans, IV
Capstone Title: Create to Liberate



Nakeeya A. Garland
Honors Thesis Title: Harbored, Hired, and Hunted: Runaway Higglers and Economic Freedom in Late 18th and Early 19th Century Jamaica
Awards: The Sadie Tanner Alexander Prize in Africana Studies, Outstanding Student Prize in Africana Studies, Phi Beta Kappa Inductee



Karen S. Kim
Capstone Title: Palimpsest Divine Being


Trapetas Catherine McGill
Capstone Title: Security and Abundance: The Case for Renewable Energy in Trinidad & Tobago



Wilnaphekie Taloute
Honors Thesis Title: Contesting Narratives: On the Afro-Cuban Woman's Deconstruction of Hegemonic Discourses
Awards: The Raymond Pace Alexander Prize in Africana Studies, Outstanding Student Prize in Africana Studies



Tiarrah M. Wilson
Capstone Title: How is Black Intimacy Portrayed in Black Media Film? How Does Spike Lee Portray Black Intimacy


2021 Undergraduate Minors in Africana Studies

Sydney N. Balfan

Greer Bizzell-Hatcher

Maya N. Brown-Hunt

Aminata S. Diane

Elizabeth C. Eckhard

Gabriella C. Finley

Kaliya A. Greenidge

Cassandra K. Jobman

Tatiana J. Johnson

Anna-Lisa C. Lowenstein

Misha S. McDaniel

James B. Peterson

Madison N. Pettaway

Madison E. Sanders

Raven O. Sulaimon

Jordan R. Tayeh

Hyacinthe Uwizera

Michael Alexander Williams

Michaela D. Zammuto