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Dissertation Title: The Cultural Politics of Postcolonial West African Capoeira
Dissertation Chair: Deborah Thomas
Areas of Interest: Black expressive culture, legacy of slavery, urban postcolonial West Africa, Global South hierarchies, youth associations


Dissertation Title: The Sisterhood: Black Women, Black Feminism, and the Women's Liberation Movement, 1968-1993
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Herman Beavers
Areas of Interest: 19th and 20th Century African American Literature, Black Feminism, 20th Century African American Cultural and Intellectual History, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory 
Dissertation Title: "Toward a More Perfect Rebellion: The Multiracial Roots and Fruit of UCLA's Ethno-Communications Program"
Dissertation Advisor: Dean John Jackson
Areas of Interest: Cinema Studies, Independent Film of the African Diaspora, Comparative/Relational Ethnic Studies, Jazz/Improvisation Studies 
Dissertation Title: "Sexual Contagion: The Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in the U.S. Military, 1941-1993"
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Barbara Savage
Areas of Interest: African American history; 20th century U.S. political and social history; history of gender and sexuality; history of medicine and public health