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Participants for the Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute
Optionally, the 26 selected participants will share information here after confirming participation, in March 2019.
Ricia Anne Chansky is Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is coeditor of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and editor of the new Routledge Auto/Biography Studies book series. She coedited The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader and edited Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives and Auto/Biography across the Americas: Transnational Themes in Life Writing. She is a 2018–2020 Voice of Witness Fellow, a partner in the Humanities Action Lab “Initiative on Climate and Environmental Justice,” and a Fulbright Specialist in US Studies. She has recent and forthcoming essays on disaster studies, disaster pedagogy, climate and social justice, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean as well as on oral history, transnational and diasporic identity constructions, contested national identity, and gendered identity constructions.
Rachel Denney is a Ph.D. candidate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, with concentrations in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her dissertation research focuses on the relationship between developing state governments and non-governmental organizations in Central America and the Caribbean. From Fall 2013-Spring 2015, Rachel was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, studying Haitian Creole. Rachel has a professional background in the international non-profit sector.
Nathan H. Dize is a PhD Candidate in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University where he specializes in Haitian literature and history. He is a content curator, translator, and editor of the digital history project A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789. He is also the co-editor of the H-Haiti series “Haiti in Translation,” which interviews translators of Haitian writing. Nathan has published articles, reviews, and translations in journals such as sx archipelagos, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Francosphères, and sx salon.
Yanie Fécu received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University with the support of a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the departments of Music and Africana Studies. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century pan-Caribbean literature, with particular interests in auditory culture, history of technology, and postcolonial theory.
Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann is assistant professor in the Writing, Literature & Publishing department at Emerson College where she teaches courses in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx literatures. She is currently completing a book that argues for the centrality of literary magazines to pan-Caribbean discourse and Caribbean literary production. Her published and forthcoming articles include work on literary magazines, literary infrastructure, and the intertextual relationship between Aimé Césaire and Lydia Cabrera. She also regularly translates literature between English and Spanish.
Molly Hamm-Rodríguez is a doctoral student in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, bridging linguistics, anthropology, education, and ethnic studies (especially Dominican and Puerto Rican Studies). Her work explores the intersections between language, im/migration, culture, social identity, and schooling, with a focus on transnationalism, diaspora, citizenship, and relational racialization. She is currently working with another graduate student on a collaborative StoryMap project with teachers from two Central Florida high schools serving more than 200 Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria. Through the project, students and families will explore the meaning of “home” in the context of displacement. Molly is an active member of the American Anthropological Association, Caribbean Studies Association, Comparative and International Education Society, and Latin American Studies Association. She received an M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Sophonie Joseph: I am a doctoral candidate in the Urban Planning Department at Columbia University. My teaching specializations are in community planning and research methodologies, with a data visualization focus. I primarily use geographic information systems (GIS) to display spatialized statistical analysis. I am interested in digitizing historic maps for comparative analysis. My research focuses on environmental justice in the built environment of the US and Caribbean.
Aaron Kamugisha is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. His latest book is titled Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2019), and is the editor of five edited collections on Caribbean political and cultural thought. He is a member of the editorial working committee for the journals Social and Economic Studies, Journal of West Indian Literature, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.
Rosamond S. King is a critical and creative writer whose scholarly work focuses on sexuality, performance, and literature in the Caribbean and Africa. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the Caribbean Studies Association best book award, and her research has been supported by the Fulbright and Ford, Mellon, and Woodrow Wilson Foundations. Her poetry collection is Rock|Salt|Stone, and she has performed around the world. King is Co-Chair of the Caribbean International Resource Network, President of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, Creative Editor of sx salon, and Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.
Shearon Roberts is an assistant professor of Mass Communication and affiliate faculty of African American and Diaspora Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. She teaches courses in converged media, digital storytelling, broadcast production and Latin America and the Caribbean. She has published on Caribbean media today, particularly Haitian media, in peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters. She is the co-author of Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and she is a co-editor of HBO’s Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis: The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans. She currently directs My Nola, My Story, a multimedia platform for the stories of people of color who have called New Orleans home. She has worked as a reporter covering Latin America and the Caribbean.
Laëtitia Saint-Loubert completed a PhD in Caribbean studies at the University of Warwick in 2018. She is a practising literary translator and is currently employed as an Early Career Researcher (ATER) by the Université de la Réunion (Indian Ocean), where she teaches translation and literature for the English department. Her research investigates Caribbean literatures in translation and focuses on transversal, non-vertical modes of circulation for Caribbean and Indian Ocean literatures. She is currently working on the manuscript of her first monograph, provisionally entitled The Caribbean in Translation: Thresholds of Dislocation (Peter Lang Oxford).
Associate professor senior Jose R. Vazquez teaches architecture and interior design, history of architecture and theory at Miami Dade College. He has curated several exhibitions focusing on Miami’s historic architecture for History Miami Museum. As co-recipient of a State of Florida Historic Resources Grant he developed instructional material for a community education project on architecture and historical preservation. In 2018 he was awarded a Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) travelling fellowship funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop a teaching module on Puerto Rico’s architecture in the context of the Caribbean. Currently he is organizing The Miami Vernacular Project, a historic building survey, documenting historic shotgun houses in a Bahamian immigrant community located in Coconut Grove, Miami.
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