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New Africana Studies PhD Students & Celebrating our Graduates

August 1, 2017

Two new students, Sydney Baloue, C'18, and Tatiana Nelson, have joined our graduate program in Africana Studies. Join us welcoming them to our program and to Penn!

Since our first cohort arrived in fall 2010, the graduate program in Africana Studies has continued to grow at a swift pace and has admitted 23 students to date. The faculties of the Graduate Group in Africana Studies continue their critical work of training the next generation of scholars for the academy and beyond.  Our graduates and their current positions include the following:

Dr. Garry Bertholf (Africana Studies, 2013), Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, Davidson College

Dr. Marina Bilbija (Africana Studies & English Literature, 2014), Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Humanities, Tufts University

Dr. Keon McGuire (Africana Studies & Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, 2014), Assistant Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University 

Dr. Khwezi Mkhize (Africana Studies, 2015), Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature, University of Cape Town

Dr. Krystal Smalls (Africana Studies & Educational Linguistics, Graduate School of Education, 2015), Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Savannah Shange-Binion (Africana Studies & Education, Culture and Society, Graduate School of Education, 2017), Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA) Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University.  Dr. Shange-Binion will assume the position of Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California - Santa Cruz in fall 2018.