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Working Group Members

​Akiwumi, Fenda, Ph.D.

Director of Institute on Black Life
University of South Florida

Research and Teaching interests: Environmental Geographer and Associate Professor in the Geography, Environmental Science and Policy Program, School of Geosciences. Her research engages topics in natural resource extraction and policy such as resource use (sustainable development, sustainable livelihoods, indigenous knowledge systems), and resource problems (equitable distribution, environmental deterioration, conflict, cultural alienation).


Anderson, Judith M, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Africana/African American Studies
Center for Ethnic Studies - Borough of Manhattan Community College

Research and Teaching interests: African Diaspora in the Americas; Latin American Studies, and Race and Identity in Argentina.


Avendano, Alia, Ph.D.

Coordinación de Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en el Programa Universitario de Estudios de la Diversidad Cultural y la Interculturalidad
Research and Teaching interests: Human rights, indigenous and afromexicans rights, indigenous people and communities, racial discrimination, legal access to justice, afrofeminism, indigenous women, and indigenous law.

Annecchiarico, Milena, Ph.D.

Anthropologist and researcher at the Instituto de Ciencias Antropologicas, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Anton, Jhon Sanchez

Profesor Titular Agregado 1 
Insituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales - Ecuador
Research and Teaching interests: Experto en temas etnicos e afrodescendientes. Derechos Humanos, interculturalidad y politicas publicas. Investigadoren áreas relacionadas a plurinacionalidad, raza y etnicidad, discriminación y estadisticas sobre desigualdades raciales y etnicas en America Latina.


Branche, Jerome, Ph.D.
Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies
Chair, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature
University of Pittsburgh

Secretary/Treasurer, Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana
General Editor, Serie Malunga, IILI​
Research and Teaching interests: Coloniality and the postcolonial, diaspora and the Black Atlantic, Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, critical race theory, race, nation, and gender in Latin America and the Caribbean

Busey, Christopher, Ph.D.               
Associate Professor,  School of Teaching and Learning         
University of Florida                                    
Research and Teaching Interests: Critical theories of race; Afro-Latinx/Afro-Latin American history and citizenship education; intersections of African-American and Afro-Latin American racial thought; and the racial politics of education for Afro-descendants across the Americas.

Barreto, Paula, Ph.D

Full-time Professor

Universidade Federal de Bahia
Research and Teaching interests: Contemporary expressions of racism and anti-racism in Brazil and Latin America


Boatcă, Manuela, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Freiburg
Research and Teaching Interests: Comparative sociology and world-systems analysis; Inequality theories; Postcolonialism; Sociology of gender; Theories of social change.


Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Duke University
Research and Teaching Interests: Racial stratification and race relations. 


Broguet, Julia, Ph.D.
Centro Científco  Tecnológico Conicet, Rorsario, Argentina                                                                                       
Research and Teaching interests: Raza, etnicidad y racismo. Estudios afro-latinoamericanos y argentinos. Cultura negra e identidades nacionales. Educación y dimensión étnico-racial.

Buffa, Diego, Ph.D.   
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba & Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

Research and Teaching interests: Especialista en las áreas de África y su Diáspora. Director del Programa de Estudios Africanos | CEA | FCS | UNC y del Programa de Investigación sobre Africa y su Diáspora en América Latina.

Becerra, María José, Ph.D.  
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba & Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

Research and Teaching interests: Especialista en temas sobre África y su Diáspora. Coordina la Especialidad en Estudios Afroamericanos de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero | UNTREF (Argentina) y en miembro del Doctorado en Diversidad Cultural de la misma universidad.


Cassia Dias, Rita, Ph.D.
Profesora Adjunta I  CECULT/UFRB
Research and Teaching interests: Acesso, Permanência e Pós-Permanência na UFRB


Cetre Castillo, Moises, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Instituto de Estudios Urbanos, IEU                                    
Research and Teaching interests: Urbanism, social public policies, analysis of social, metropolitan areas, and climate change.                                                                                 

Cetre Castilblanco, Andrea

Gender Specialist on Women Economic Empowerment                                        
University of South Florida                                                                                                                          
Research and Teaching interests: Economic empowerment, feminist economics, rural women, care economy, and gender budgeting.  


Concha-Holmes, Amanda, Ph.D.
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) 

Departamento de Antropologia, Historia y Humanidades, Maestría de Antropología Visual
Sede Ecuador
Research and Teaching interests: The collaborative production of film documentaries and new media, which highlights marginalized ecological and cultural resources through the empowerment of local perspectives, voices, and visions.


Campos Lazos, Angie
Ph.D. student of Social Sciences with a mention in social anthropology
Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology - CIESAS Occidente, México

Research and Teaching interests: Afro-Latin American studies with emphasis on the Afro-Peruvian people, black feminism, intersectionality in social contexts of mestizaje, political participation of social organizations, and human rights.

Cortes, Henry Steven Rebolledo
Ph.D. Candidate in Social Sciences 
Universidad de Manizales, Colombia

Climent-Espino, Rafael, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Baylor University

Research/Teaching Interests
20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature
20th- and 21st-century Brazilian literature

Davis, Darién, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Department Chair
Middlebury College
Research and Teaching interests: Latin American cultural and social history, and on diaspora and immigration, Brazilian social and cultural history; African and Latino' diasporas in the Atlantic world and transnational cultural formation and resistance.


Dixon, Kwame, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Howard University
Research and Teaching interests: Afro-Politics and civil society, racial politics in Latin America, Afro-Latin America, and international human rights.

D'Agostini, Maria Stella

Teacher, researcher, and Ph.D. Student
Research and Teaching interests: Works mainly with the themes: Brazilian, African and Latin American political thought, Marxism, Theory of revolution, and Decolonial Studies


Escobar, Maria Roxana

M.Ed. in Social Justice Education- OISE/University of Toronto
Research and Teaching Interests: Afro-Peruvian population, Interculturality studies, Black Feminist Thought, Justice Education, Feminist Criticism, and Pedagogy.


Ferreira Romio, Jackeline Aparecida
Postdoc Researcher / Ph.D. in Demography
Department of Social Psychology and Labor 
Institute of Psychology - University of São Paulo or
Research and Teaching interests: Demography, Social vulnerability, mortality, gender-based violence, femicide, sexual and reproductive health, feminism, epistemologies from afro-descendant women, inequality studies based on race, gender and class, justice and equity, racial identities, and psychosocial and sociodemographic analysis.


Fortes-Lima, Cesar, Ph.D.
Postdoc Researcher, Sub-Department of Human Evolution, Department of Organismal Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden
Research and Teaching interests: African Diaspora, Latin American populations, African-descendants, genetic identity, African ancestral origins, continental mass migrations, demographic history, genetic admixture, and molecular anthropology.

Ferraro, Marcelo

B. in Law (2009), History (2013) and Social Sciences (2016) from the University of São Paulo, M.A. (2017) and Ph.D. candidate in Social History from the same institution.


Gayles, Prisca, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Sociology
University of Nevada, Reno
Research and Teaching interests: Cultural politics; Afrodescendants; civic engagement; citizenship; social inequalities.


Glasgow, Camisia, Ph.D.

Brown University

Gomez Hernandez, Melissa, Ph.D.

Universidad ICESI, Colombia

Gonzalez, Pedro Hernando, Ph.D.

Professor and Researcher
Universidad Santiago de Cali
Research and Teaching interests: Marginality, exclusion, postconflict and social transformations in the Pacific Region of Colombia, Historical reconstruction of the Pacific Ocean discovery and the settlement of the region


Gonzalez, John Henry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Caribbean History
Cambridge University
Research and Teaching interests: Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Caribbean Studies, Latin American History, Slavery, Post-Emancipation Societies, Political Economy, and Commodity History.


Greenbaum, Susan, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Applied anthropology, urban anthropology, community development, urban ethnicity, Afro-Cubans in Tampa.


Gutierrez Gomez, Alejandra

Master Student
Centro de Estudios Afrodescendientes Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Research and Teaching interests: Rural economies in Afro-descendant population, the relationship between racism and classism, and cultural management.


Harrison, Faye, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology & African American Studies
Center for African Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research and Teaching interests: Political anthropology, culture, politics, and political economy as they relate to forms of social inequality emphasizing race, gender, class, and (trans) national identity as interlocking dimensions of difference, inequality, and power.


Hernandez, Geidy    
Especialista en arte de los medios, guionista y asesora           
Centro de Investigaciones Psicológicas y Sociológicas CIPS 
Research and Teaching interests: Antropologia social, cultura, género, representaciones sociales, medios de comunicación y audiencias, feminismos negros, vinculados a su visibilidad en los medios de comunicación. 


Hernandez, Tanya Kateri                                                                                                                               
Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Research and Teaching interests: Anti-Discrimination Law; Comparative Employment Discrimination; Critical Race Theory/research comparative law regarding race relations and discrimination against Afro-descendants.


Hooker, Juliet, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Brown University
Research and Teaching interests: Racial and social class inequalities in the Americas


Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and ISLAC Faculty 
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Latin America, Brazil, race & ethnicity, mental health, social psychology, racial socialization, family.


Hurtado Garces, Rudy Amanda

Master in Sociology
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO, Ecuador
Research and Teaching interests: Social movements, race, ethnicity, and citizenship.


Kaly, Alain Pascal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 
Departamento de História no Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Sociais da Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ)
Research and Teaching interests: Racial Relations, colonialism, cast societies in Western Africa, violation of human rights, and migration.


Lewis, Eshe, Ph.D.

University of Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Anthropology.


Lezama, Paula, M.A.

Faculty Administrator for CCGE Institutes
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Development studies in general. Poverty and inequality, ethnic and racial disparities, institutional evolution and its impact on development with a regional focus on the southern cone, specifically, Colombia and Brazil.


Llorens, Hilda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 
University of Rhode Island
Research and Teaching interests: the Caribbean, U.S. Latinos, race, and  encironmental justice.


Main, Meredith, Ph.D.

University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Anthropology.


Mootoo, Alexis, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Fiscal and Business Services, Office of Student Success 
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Government and International Affairs, Latin America, Afro-descendants.


Morrison, Judith

Senior Advisor 
Inter-American Development Bank
Research and Teaching interests: Social development, gender, and diversity division.


Mosquera Rosado, Ana Lucia

M.A Liberal Arts
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Afro-descendants in Latin America, race and media representation, intercultural public policy.


Mosquera, Yilver

Ph.D (c) en Geografía 
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 
Research and Teaching interests: Paisajes expoliados, geografía histórica, geografía cultural, teoría de la escala, geografías de la negridad en Colombia.

Muteba Rahier, Jean, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology and African & African Diaspora Studies

Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Research and Teaching interests:His most important research orientation has focused on the African diaspora in Latin America, particularly in Ecuador.


Noles Cotito, Gabriela, MD, MPH

International Advisor on Public Health
Research and Teaching interests: Race and ethnicity, and socio-economic status as social determinants of health for Afro-Latin Americans; Sexual and reproductive health in Afro-Latin 

Americans; Mental Health.


Noles Cotito, Mariela, LLM, MA

Universidad del Pacifico
Research and Teaching interests: Blackness in Indigenous Latin America, Critical Race Theory, Race and Gender relations in Latin America. 


Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo Ph.D.


Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, España

Obezo, Kandya

Deputy Director of Education and Participation
Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, Colombia
Research and Teaching interests: Afro-Colombian communities, Colombian peace process, Ethnicity, economic and social development and politics.


Ocoro, Anny

Docente / investigadora           
FLACSO – Argentina

Research and Teaching interests: Afro-descendants and educational policies with an ethnic-racial and gender perspective in Latin America; racism and higher education; curriculum and educational inequalities; black feminisms; gender, race, and racism.

Olaya Requene, Angela

Research Associate and Academic Coordinator in the Certificate on Afro-Latin American Studies Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University                                                                                               
Research and Teaching interests: Afro-descendant migration and mobility, frontiers and migration politics, forced displacement, dispossession land, extractive economies, race, racism.


Oquendo, Jacqueline

Ph.D. Student & SREB Fellow
Latinx Faculty & Staff Caucus | Executive Chair 

Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University
Research and Teaching interests: Latinx digital life, and particularly, participatory networked communities (e.g.; Latinx Twitter). How Afro-Latinx and Afro-descendants participate, and present their identities online. Also, focus on populations in the U.S. and Circum-Caribbean


Oslender, Ulrich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography 
Florida International University
Research and Teaching interests: Political geography, cultural geography, political ecology, social movements, Latin America, Colombia, cultural politics of blackness, Afro-Latin America, forced displacement, geopolitical discourses on terror.


Palacios, Diego

Estudiante de Doctorado     

Research and Teaching interests: Sociología de las desigualdades. Raza, etnicidad y racismo. Afrodescendencia en Latinoamérica. Antropología del Estado. Sociedad y poder.


Padilla, Beatriz
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: migration, diversity, gender, health, inequalities, and public policies. Recently, she co-edited a book on International Migrations and Public Policies in Portugal (Mundo Sociais, 2018), and another entitled Gender and mobility in present time / Género e mobilidades no tempo presente is in Press, coedited with Assis, Glaucia, and França, Thais, UDESC: Florianopolis.

Pandales, Venus
Asistente administrativa del CEAF


Parra Fox, Adriana Elisa, Ph.D.

Professor and Researcher
Departamento de Trabajo Social Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó, Quibdó
Research and Teaching interests: organized communities and sustainable development, community building capacity, social movements, displacement in Colombia.


Paschel, Tianna, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies
University of California - Berkeley
Research and Teaching interests: Democracy, citizenship, and racism from a comparative perspective.


Patino, Natalia

Master Student
University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Afro-descendant communities at the Pacific region of Colombia, community and tradicional businesses participating in differentiated markets, heritage practices as market and business opportunities.


Paulino, Edward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of History City University of New York
Research and Teaching Interests: race; genocide; borders; nation-building; Latin America and the Caribbean; the African Diaspora; and New York State history.


Perry, Keisha-Khan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies 
Brown University
Research and Teaching interests: Race, gender, and politics in the Americas, urban geography and questions of citizenship, intellectual history, and disciplinary formation, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement in Brazil, the Caribbean, and the United States.


Prosper, Mamyrah, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies 
North Carolina State University
Research and Teaching interests: Social movements in the Americas and particularly Haiti.

Pérez Carrascal, Airlin Adriana

​Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Colombia

Palacio, Fernando, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and Master in Hispanic American Musical Heritage. Professor at the la Pontifica Universidad Católica, Ecuador.

Queeley, Andrea, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology and African & African Diaspora Studies 
Florida International University
Research and Teaching interests: African Diaspora subject formation, migration, and the negotiation of globalized structural inequalities. Questions of social hierarchy and diversity within the African Diaspora in their political context.


Quevedo Canales, Alicia del Pilar  

Specialist in Territorial Management of the Direction for Public Policies for Afro Peruvian Population               
Ministry of Culture - Peru

Research and Teaching interests: Human Rights and ethnicity with an emphasis in Africandescent population


Rebolledo, Henry

Docente Universitario, Investigador y Director del Centro de Investigación-CIAPSC 

Universidad Nacional Abierta a Distancia UNAD - Colombia

Research and Teaching interests: interculturalidad y educación, educación propia, paces y conflictos, organización y politizacion afro, proceso social comunitario, psicología social y cultura.


Restrepo, Eduardo

Profesor Titular
Universidad Javeriana
Research and Teaching interests: Afro-descendants, Pacific region of Colombia, Afro-Colombian studies.

Ríos, Palmira

Academic Researcher and former Director of the Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico

Rocha, Elaine Ph.D.

Professor, History Department

University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, West Indies

Silva, Eduardo, Ph.D.

Emeritus Reseracher and Author, Fundação Rui Barbosa

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Simeon-Jones, Kersuze, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies 
University of South Florida
Dr. Simeon-Jones CV
Research and Teaching interests: Intellectual history: literary and political movements of the Black Diaspora, francophone studies, Haitian history, and literature; women history within the Black Diaspora.


Silvestri, Noelia

Ph.D. Candidate, History

Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina)

Research and Teaching interests: Modern and colonial history, slavery, race, gender, family. 


Smith, Christen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology 
University of Texas - Austin
Research and Teaching interests: Blackness, performance, racial formation, violence, Black women and transnational struggle, Black liberation and resistance in the Americas (particularly Brazil and the United States)

Stuesse, Angela, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research and Teaching interests: Neoliberal globalization; race, ethnicity, and identity; migration; labor; human rights; social movements; methodologies of activist research. Migration in the Americas, engaging ethnography, cultural anthropology, contemporary applied anthropology, methods in cultural research.

Sessarego, Sandro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

The University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. 

Research and Teaching Interests: primarily in the fields of contact linguistics, sociolinguistics and syntax. The linguistic study of the Afro-Latino Vernaculars of the Americas (ALVAs) —the languages that developed in Latin America from the contact of African languages, Spanish and Portuguese in colonial times.

Takahashi, Henrique Yagui

Graduate Teaching Associate

Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies

Department of Spanish and Portuguese 

The Ohio State University

Telles, Edward, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Research and Teaching interests: Survey methods, social demography, race and ethnicity, immigration, immigrant integration, Latin America, U.S. Latinos.


Thame, Maziki, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

The University of the West Indies
at Moma, Jamaica
Institute for Gender and Development Studies

Research and Teaching interests: Caribbean and Latin American race and nationalism


Treitler, Vilna Bashi, Ph.D.

Osborn Professor of Sociology
Northwestern University
Research and Teaching interests: Comparative dynamics of hierarchical socioeconomic structures, international migration, inequality, racial structures. Qualitative research methods

Vergara Figueroa, Aurora, Ph.D.

Director, Afrodiasporic Studies Center, Icesi University, Colombia

Research and Teaching interests: Race, ethnicity, class, and gender.

Valderrama Renteria, Carlos Alberto

 M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology.

Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Wade, Peter, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.

Research and Teaching interests: His publications include Blackness and Race Mixture (1993), Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (2010), Race, Nature and Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (2002), and Race and Sex in Latin America (2009), Mestizo Genomics: Race Mixture, Nation, and Science in Latin America (2014), and Race: An Introduction (2015).

Yuille, Crystal

Program Coordinator, Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Fellowship               
University or Research Center: Howard University                     

Yelvington, Kevin, Ph.D.

University of South Florida
Research and Teaching interests: Ethnic, class, and gender relations, urban anthropology, political anthropology, public policy, the anthropology of work, labor studies, development studies, housing, tourism, historical & nbsp, approaches to anthropology, history of anthropology, history of science, Marx and anthropology, & nbsp, the African Diaspora, Latin American and Caribbean history, literature, and popular culture.

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