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Research Project

The Contours of Black Citizenship in a Global Context

2018 – 2022
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Key Question

Project Summary

This project is examining and comparing cultural practices, ideologies, and forms of resistance associated with social movements in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Research Team

Jessica Swanston Baker

Jessica Swanston Baker

Assistant Professor of Music

University of Chicago

Jessica Swanston Baker is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in contemporary popular music of and in the Circum-Caribbean. Her research and critical interests include tempo and aesthetics, coloniality, decolonization, and race/gender and respectability. Her work focuses on issues within...

Carmenza Banguera

Carmenza Banguera

Visual Artist

Carmenza Banguera is a visual artist based in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. She received a Masters in Plastic Arts from the Departmental Institute of Fine Arts in Cali. Her works have been included in various forums, such as the 45th Salón Nacional de Artistas and independent exhibitions in the...

Adom Getachew

Adom Getachew

Professor of Political Science

University of Chicago

Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. Her work focuses on the...

Yanilda María González

Yanilda María González

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Harvard Kennedy School

Yanilda María González is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research focuses on policing, state violence, and citizenship in democracy, examining how race, class, and other forms of inequality shape these processes. González’s book Authoritarian...

Project Narrative

Reading List

M. Jacqui Alexander

"Not just (any) body can be a citizen: The politics of law, sexuality and postcoloniality in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas" Feminist Review 48, no. 1 (1994): 5-23 Read

Saidiya V. Hartman

Scenes of Subjection:Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America Oxford University Press Read

Thomas Holt

The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 Johns Hopkins University Press Read

Mahmood Mamdani

Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism Princeton University Press Read

Tianna S. Paschel

Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil Princeton University Press Read

Mark Q. Sawyer

Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba Cambridge University Press Read

Edward E. Telles

Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil Princeton University Press Read

Deborah A. Thomas

Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica Duke University Press Read


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