Profiles in "Diaspora Studies" Expertise Area

  • Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez is a Chicana scholar whose research focuses on place studies, rural communities, and the legacies of colonialism in Chicanx and Indigenous literature and culture.
  • Kassaw Merie, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Arizona State University School of Social Work since December 2022. He was a Lecturer and Director of Field Education at the Graduate Social Work Department of Kean University in New Jersey.
  • Christiane Fontinha de Alcantara's scholarly interests center on how cultural artifacts reflect systems of inequality and injustice, while also providing models for how to fight inequalities and transform our communities.
  • Shamara Wyllie Alhassan's work on Africana women’s radical epistemologies focuses on the ways Rastafari women use livity to create communities of social justice and combat anti-black gendered racism.
  • Ph.D. student in Comparative Culture and Language, working on wartime and postwar Japanese cinema with a focus on film theory and criticism, visual anthropology, visual biopolitics, gender studies, and cultural theory.