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Spring 2018 African American Studies Department Newsletter

The African American Studies department would like to extend a warm welcome to Assistant Professor kihana miraya ross, who will be joining our faculty this fall. Dr. ross is a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Ph.D. in the Social and Cultural Studies in Education program at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016.

The Department is excited to announce that Associate Professor Marlon M. Bailey is joining us this fall as a Weinberg Visiting Fellow. Professor Bailey is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He holds a PhD in African Diaspora Studies, with a designated emphasis in Gender, Women and Sexuality from the Department of African American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

The department is thrilled to welcome to Danielle Bainbridge, who is joining us this fall as our newest postdoc. Danielle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts. She will receive her PhD in African-American Studies and American Studies, as well as a certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, from Yale University in May.

Faculty in the News

Congratulations to Professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes on being named Associate Vice President for Research. As an AVP, Professor Watkins-Hayes will oversee several University Research Institutes and Centers, primarily in the social sciences and humanities. She will also join her AVP colleagues as a strategic advisor to the Vice President for Research and spearhead initiatives desinged to support the research of faculty working primarily, but not exclusively, in the social sciences and humanities. Professor Watkins-Hayes was also recently awarded the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is the highest teaching award given by WCAS each year.

Professor E. Patrick Johnson was an Annenberg School for Communication Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania during Fall Quarter 2017, where he was in residence and taught a graduate seminar. He also recently participated in a week-long residency at Davidson College, where he conducted workshops and delivered the Lorenzo Dow Turner Distinguished Africana Lecture.

Congratulations to Professor Mary Pattillo on receiving the Community Building Award for using her teaching to build community amongst students.

Professor Nitasha Sharma's co-edited volume, "Beyond Ethnicity: New Politics of Race in Hawai‘i" was just published by the University of Hawai‘i Press. Professor Sharma also contributed to the preface of a special issue of "Scholar and Feminist" online on "Feminist and Queer Afro-Asian Formations." In 2017-2018, Professor Sharma also earned her 12th teaching award, a Faculty Honor Roll award from the Associated Student Government at Northwestern University. Currently, she is writing an ethnography, "Hawai‘i is my Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific," for Duke University Press.

Graduate Student News

Ashley Dennis Presented research in April 2018 at the Organization for American Historians Conference in Sacramento, California.

Theo Foster and Casey Goonan co-organized a panel titled Neoliberal Critical Black Studies and Black Study that he presented with Casey Goonan at Birmingham City University’s newly-minted Black Studies program in Birmingham, England.

Claudia Garcia-Rojas was the recipient of two Diversity and Inclusiveness grants from the American Philosophical Association and was selected to participate in a professionalization workshop by Kathryn Sophia Bell (formerly Kathryn Gines). She was also invited to give a talk on April 15, 2018 at Amiens University, France based on her dissertation research that examines how the policing of Blackness operates through the national security paradigm. Is co-organizing a conference at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle where she’ll present findings from her archival research on April 27, 2018.

Isaac Ginsberg Miller is presenting his paper, "'This Thing of Separation': Mapping Transnational Black Feminist Poetics" at the American Literature in the World Graduate Conference in April 2018 at Yale University. Was selected to participate in the Summer 2018 Northwestern University - SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program.

Christine Goding-Doty has accepted a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in affiliation with the English Department and the Center for Humanities. It begins in August 2018.

Sureshi Jayawardene has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Africana Studies at San Diego State University. Was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for the 2017-18 academic year.

Marlon Millner (Affiliate Graduate Student - Department of Religious Studies) recently had an OpEd piece published in the daily newspaper in Memphis, TN about a large Pentecostal Christian denomination and its connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also had a book review published in "Pnuema: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies," Vol. 39, Issue 4, 2017, on "The Labor of Faith; Gender and Power in Black Apostolic Pentecostalism" by Judith Casselberry. Throughout Winter and Spring quarters, he also gave presentations – mainly on Pentecostalism – at multiple conferences, including the inaugural Political Theology Network Conference at Emory University in February.

Sam Tenorio has accepted a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Penn State University attached to the Africana Research Center and in affiliation with Comparative Literature & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They will begin in July 2018