José Amador is Associate Professor of Latin American Studies in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies and faculty affiliate to the Department of History. He is the author of Medicine and Nation Building in the Americas, 1890-1940 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of Historia y memoria: sociedad, cultura y vida cotidiana en Cuba (Centro de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello, 2003). His scholarly interests include the history of public health and race, the history of the African diaspora in the Americas, and transgender studies. He has been a National Humanities Center fellow, and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. His next book, “Transitioning in Brazil,” explores the relationship between public health and the development of ‘trans’ activism.
Stefanie K. Dunning, AssociateProfessor of English, is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of California, Riverside, and a former Ford Fellow. She is the author of two books: Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same-Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture (Indiana, 2009) and Black to Nature: Pastoral Return and African American Culture (Mississippi, 2021). Her essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Studies in the Fantastic, and other journals and anthologies. Her podcast Black to Nature is available on all major platforms.
Andrea Morales Loucil is a M.A. student in English literature. She received her B.A. in history from Temple University. Her primary research interests include Caribbean literature, nation-building processes, and decolonization movements throughout the Americas.
Dasol Choi is a doctoral candidate in English. Her primary academic interests include 20th and 21st century multiethnic literature, postcolonial literature and theory, spatial studies, and geography. She is a 2021-2022 Graduate Fellow in the John W Altman Program on "Race and Racism."
Maia Aoibheil is a senior honors student with a major in theatre and a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies. A College of Creative Arts Scholar focusing on devised theatre and dramaturgy, Maia is also a 2021 Undergraduate Summer Scholar researching Indigenous storytelling.
Navkiran Chima is a junior honors student with majors in international studies and political science and minors in Arabic and social justice studies. She is a Presidential Fellow, Global Readiness Cohort Scholar, Interfaith Center intern, and an organizer for the “A Mighty Stream” racial justice initiative in Cincinnati. Her research interests include international human rights law.
Caroline Funk is a junior honors student with majors in English literature and creative writing and a minor in philosophy. A former Undergraduate Associate and current Writing Scholar, her research interests include feminist theory, film and visual culture, and nineteenth-century literature.
Alexa Lawhorn is a senior honors student with majors in history and comparative religion. Her research interests include women in ministry, race and gender in early America, and historical memory. Her history honors project explores the life and legacy of Jarena Lee, the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Chi Nguyen is a junior from Vietnam majoring in art & architecture history. Her research interests include visual and media studies, cultural production, and critical theory. During her gap year, she worked closely with emerging artists and young curators in the Hanoi art scene.
Peyton Rayburn is a senior majoring in history and sociology. Her honors history thesis explored Native American linguistic and cultural revitalization during the twentieth century. Her research interests include the evolution of racial and ethnic identity, educational stratification, and Indigenous history.
Claudia Zaunz is a senior majoring in English literature and journalism. She has participated in the Scholar Leader program and is the current president of Luxembourgish Students at Miami. Her research interests include Victorian literature and cultural, linguistic, and media studies.
Madeline Phaby is a senior majoring in history and sociology with minors in political science and Spanish. A former Dean’s Scholar, Research Apprentice, and Undergraduate Associate, her research interests include Indigenous history, the American West, and journalism in history. She is an editor at The Miami Student newspaper.
Andrew Hebard, Associate Professor of English, studies late-nineteenth-century American literature. He has published articles in American Quarterly; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; African American Review; and Arizona Quarterly. He has a chapter on science and aesthetics in the Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism (2019). His book, The Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885-1910 (Cambridge, 2013), examines how American literature conventionalized legal forms of sovereignty and administration. His current book project examines the relationship between literary aesthetics and corruption in the Progressive Era state.
Denise Eileen McCoskey is Professor of Classics and an affiliate of critical race and ethnic studies. Her research focuses on the role of race in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, as well as the reception and distortion of ancient ideas in more modern eras. She is the author of Race: Antiquity and Its Legacy (Oxford, 2012) and editor of the forthcoming volume "A Cultural History of Race" in Antiquity (Bloomsbury). She is currently at work on an article tracing the Africanness of the Roman playwright Terence and a project exploring the role of eugenics in early twentieth-century American classical scholarship.
Denise Taliaferro Baszile is Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Experience and Professor of Curriculum and Cultural Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership. Her work focuses on understanding curriculum as a racial and gendered text to disrupt traditional modes of knowledge production. She has published in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; Curriculum Inquiry; Race Ethnicity and Education; and Urban Education. She is co-editor of Race, Gender, and Curriculum Theorizing: Working in Womanish Ways and Black Women Theorising Curriculum Studies in Colour and Curves. She is currently co-editing a third volume on anti-blackness in curriculum studies and writing a book entitled “Steal A/Way: Stories of Black Feminist Fugitivity in White Academia.”
Durell M. Callier, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, is the co-author of Who look at me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education Through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body (Brill|Sense, 2019). His current research project, “Disclosure: Blackqueer Performances of Pleasure, Dissent, and Survival,” argues for expanding understandings of queerness and the queer subject within education by analyzing race and the racialization of gender and sexuality. An artist-scholar, he is co-founder of Hill L. Waters, a queer, feminist, arts-based collective. He is working on a series of collages and performances to remember Black, queer, and trans ancestors and to celebrate Black queer life.
Elena Jackson Albarrán is Associate Professor of History and Latin American, Latino/a, andCaribbean Studies in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies. She studies the cultural history of twentieth-century Latin America, with an emphasis on revolutions, visual culture, childhood, and youth. She is the author of Seen and Heard in Mexico: Children and Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism (Nebraska, 2015), which won the María Elena Martínez award from the Conference on Latin American History, and co-editor of Nuevas miradas a la historia dela infancia en América Latina (UNAM-IIH, 2012). She is currently writing a book on the transnational circulation of children’s culture in the Americas.
Katie N. Johnson is Professor of English and an affiliate of global and intercultural studies. She is the author of Sisters in Sin: Brothel Drama in America (Cambridge, 2006), Sex for Sale: Six Progressive-Era Brothel Drama Plays (Iowa, 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters on theatre, performance, film, and U.S. culture. She recently completed a book entitled "Racing the Great White Way: Black Performance, Eugene O’Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway," which was supported by a NEH Summer Fellowship.
Naaborle Sackeyfio, Assistant Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies, focuses on energy and resource politics, political economy, gender, and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the author of Energy Politics and Rural Development: The Case of Ghana (Palgrave, 2018). Her articles have appeared in New Political Science and African Affairs. Her second book project explores African migrant identity and belonging in contemporary Japan. In 2020, she was a fellow at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa, an initiative funded by the German Ministry of Education.
Rosemary Pennington, Associate Professor of Journalism, studies how the media represents minorities and how members of minority groups utilize media, particularly social media, to challenge stereotypes and prejudice. She has co-edited The Media World of ISIS (2019) and On Islam: Muslims and the Media (2018). Her scholarly work has appeared in New Media & Society, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and International Communication Gazette. She is currently researching the experiences of Muslim communities in Appalachia.