2023 Graduates

2023 Doctor of Philosophy in Africana Studies

Portrait of Ezgi Cakmak

Ezgi Cakmak

Dissertation Title: Citizens of a Silenced History: The Legacy of African Slavery and Racial Contours of Citizenship in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic, 1857-1933

Class of December 2022

Portrait of AmberRose Johnson

Amber Rose Johnson

Dissertation Title: Bad Mathematics: Black Experimental Poetry and Performance in 21st Century Diaspora


2023 Undergraduate Majors in Africana Studies

Portrait of Alyssa N. Mann

Alyssa N. Mann

Honors Thesis Title: The End of Legal Slavery in Massachusetts

Advisor: Professor Heather Williams

Awards: W.E.B. Du Bois Prize in Africana Studies and The Nnamdi Azikiwe Prize in African Studies

Portrait of Caroline Higginbottom

Caroline C. Higginbottom

Capstone Title: Systemic Racism and its Effects of the Cycle of Violence: A Place-Based Analysis on the Altgeld Gardens and Roseland Communities

Advisors: Professor Michael Narn and Professor Nina Johnson

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Giovanna (Gigi) M. Varlotta

Dissertation Title: Save The UC Townhomesan archive of community and resilience on 40th st.

Advisor: Professor Deborah Thomas


2023 Undergraduate Minors in Africana Studies

Chimezie J. Amaefuna

Kristen N. Arnold

Sarah Aidel Meihui Bernstein

Cate I. Boga

Jacob Chidawaya

Sabria C. Henry-Hunter

Delaney S. Holder

Kamille A. Houston

Alexys R. Knighton

Xavier L. Monroe

Ashley Oden

Joshua E. Sewell

Gibson F. Thomas

Madeline Veira

Nyah A. Williams

Alex J. Worrall