MemberMarlene Daut

…Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies…

Marlene L. Daut has a B.A. in English and French from Loyola Marymount University, and she earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. She is currently Associate professor of African Diaspora Studies in the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia. Before joining the faculty of UVA, Daut was Associate professor of English and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She has also been the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She is the author of two books: Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (Palgrave, 2017) and Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (Liverpool, 2015); and the forthcoming edited collection, An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions. Her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals such as, Studies in Romanticism, L’esprit creatur, Small Axe, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Comparative Literature, South Atlantic Review, Research in African Literatures, and J19. She is also co-editor and co-creator of H-Net’s scholarly network, H-Haiti.

MemberEsther Jones

…ack Women’s Speculative Fiction, Palgrave MacMillan 2015.

“On the Real: Agency, Abuse, and Sexualized Violence in Rihanna’s ‘Russian Roulette.’” African American Review 46;1 (2013): 71-86.

“African Brazilian Science Fiction: Aline França’s A Mulher de Aleduma.” Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. 13.1 (2012): 15-36.

“Untangling Pathology: Sex, Social Responsibility, and the Black Female Youth in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling.” In Black Female Sexualities. Trimiko Melancon and Joanne Braxton, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015: 57-69.

“‘What’s My Name?:’ Reading…

MemberJulian C. Chambliss


Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History edited by Walter Greason and Julian C. Chambliss (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2018).

Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Daniel Fandino (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2018)

Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Thomas C. Donaldson (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, September 2014), Paperback.

Book Chapters

Julian C. Chambliss an…

  Julian C. Chambliss is Professor of English with an appointment in History and the Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum at Michigan State University. In addition, he is a core participant in the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative. His research and teaching interests focus on race, community, and identity in real and imagined urban landscape in the United States. His articles have appeared in journals such as Rhetoric Review, Boston Review, Florida Historical Quarterly, Studies in American and the Journal of Urban History. An interdisciplinary scholar he has designed museum exhibitions and curated art exhibits that explore community, identity, and power in the American South. He is co-recipient of an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) & Research 1 University Mellon Foundation Collaborative Project grant for Digital Literacy and Collaborative Learning Workshop (2017) to develop faculty digital pedagogy and Digital Collaborative Diaspora Spaces Workshop (2014) to explore the creation of digital collaborative ventures to enhance undergraduate engagement with African Diaspora topics and texts. He is co-recipient of an ACS Mellon Foundation Faculty Renewal Grant for Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of African-American Culture (2010), a digital project exploring African-American experience and an ACS Faculty Advancement Grant for Urban Dreams and Urban Disruptions: Transforming Travel Study and Undergraduate Archival Research with Collaborative Interdisciplinary Digital Tools (2012). He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a collection examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience (2013). His forthcoming edited collection, Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain will be published in 2018. A public intellectual he has published opinion and commentary in forums such as the Frieze Magazine, Black Perspective: The Blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio (NPR). He has been recognized for his community engagement work with a Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty Award (2011) and the Rollins College Cornell Distinguished Service Award (2014-2015). He is the 2017 recipient of the Hampton Dunn Internet Award from Florida Historical Society for “new media” utilizing computerized production and distribution techniques to expand knowledge of Florida history for Advocate Recovered, a digital history project focused on recovering the contents of the Winter Park Advocate, an African-American newspaper published in Winter Park, Florida during the 1890s.

MemberDaniel Hazard

I am a doctoral candidate in English at Princeton University. My research focuses on postcolonial studies, critical theory, and the literature of the plantation zones and diasporas of the Americas—especially Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean literature and African-American literature. I also have long-standing interests in U.S. Latina/o literature, twentieth-century Irish and British literature, and the history and theory of the novel. My dissertation project, “Freedom and Plantation Form,” examines how the plantation is figured as a space for freedom and self-making in Caribbean literature, film, and critical writing after 1945.

MemberNathaniel Mathews

…African Studies Association (ASA)

Association for the Study of the World African Diaspora (ASWAD)…

I am a historian of East Africa and the Indian Ocean world, with a particular focus on the history and identity of the Swahili-speaking community in modern Oman. My book manuscript, Children of the Lost Colony, explores the modern migrations of this community from East Africa to Oman in the 1960s and 70s, their memories of Africa, especially Zanzibar, and their generative role in the evolution of Omani national citizenship. I have also published on Islamic reform and Arab identity in Mombasa, Kenya, the making of an abolitionist consensus in modernist Muslim thought, and the Ibadhi madhab in modern East Africa.

MemberJohn Aerni-Flessner

…African Studies Association (ASA)

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)

African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE)

Association of Concerned Scholars of Africa

Friends of Lesotho (FOL)

The Africa Network

Historical Society of Greater Lansing…

I teach in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), an undergraduate-only college within Michigan State University (MSU). I am also a core member of the MSU African Studies Center. My research primarily focuses on the history of the southern African country of Lesotho. I write about the history of development, independence, nationalism, decolonization, and the history of the border between Lesotho and South Africa. My first book, entitled Dreams for Lesotho: Independence, Foreign Assistance, and Development came out in 2018 from the University of Notre Dame Press. I also research and create digital projects on local history in the Lansing, MI area with my students. The links to my sites on Malcolm X in Lansing and Urban Renewal in Lansing are below.

MemberAndré Carrington

…Fiction Radio Drama. Radcliffe Institute Lecture. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. October 10, 2018, 4:00p.m. Video TBA.

The Reality of Race & Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming, panel discussion with Kishonna Gray and Lavelle Porter. IRADAC: Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. Graduate Center, City University of New York. November 1, 2018, 6:00p.m.

Image and Text: Visuality and Postcolonial Print Cultures. Department of Comparative Literature. New York University. November 2, 2018, 1:30p.m….

andré carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2018-2019) and Associate Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts. He is currently at work on a second book-length research project, Audiofuturism, on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama and literary adaptation in a transatlantic context. carrington’s writing appears in journals (American LiteratureSouls, and African & Black Diaspora), books (A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call), and blogs (Black Perspectives). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming collections Digital Pedagogies in the Humanities and After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation. With cartoonist Jennifer Camper, he co-founded the biennial Queers & Comics international conference in 2015. He teaches courses in African American and Global Black Literature, Literary Theory, Black Liberation Movements, LGBT Literature & Culture, Comics & Graphic Novels, and Science Fiction. He’s also a birder.

MemberIfeoma C. Kiddoe Nwankwo

…Assoc Prof African Diaspora Lits & Cultures & Dir Amer Studies…

  Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her work centers on intercultural and intergenerational relations, particularly as they surface in the literary texts, oral narratives, and popular music of Afro-descendants in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. Her publications include Black Cosmopolitanism; “Bilingualism, Blackness, and Belonging,”; “Race and Representation in the Digital Humanities;” Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World (co-edited with Mamadou Diouf); and African Routes, Caribbean Roots, Latino Lives. She is former Director of the Program in American Studies andhas just completed her first three-year term as Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships.   Dr. Nwankwo’s innovative interdisciplinary projects use community-engaged research methodologies alongside literary critical ones to analyze and advance intercultural and intergenerational relations. These projects include Voices from Our AmericaTM, an international public scholarship and digital humanities project that uses interviews, autobiography and art production, along with archival research to uncover new aspects of communities’ histories then draws on those new sources to develop digital and print publications as well as workshops and other educational programs for K-12 teachers, older adults, and youth. Dr. Nwankwo’s projects also include The Wisdom of the Elders, an initiative focused on revealing and recognizing older adults’ life- and soul- sustaining wisdoms and productively incorporating them into K-12, undergraduate, graduate and health professional education.