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Ana M. Mahecha Groot — Ph.D. student in Geography
Research interests: community-based adaptation, climate change,global environmental changes, environmental education, environmental health, Caribbean and Andean region.
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Carolina Alonso Bejarano — Ph.D. student in Women and Gender Studies
Research interests: Research interests: Decolonial theory, migration studies, New Jersey history.
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Carolyn Ureña— Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature
Research interests: phenomenology, cinema studies, medical humanities, decolonial thought
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Charlene Sharpe — Ph.D. student in Geography
Research interests: climate change, disaster management, food security, urbanization, Caribbean
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Danielle N. Pritchett — Ph.D. student in Political Sciences
Research interests: manipulating quotas: parties, placement and women's political participation in Brazil and the Dominican Republic
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Donavan L. Ramon — Ph.D. student in African American Literature, 2015
Research interests: narratives of racial passing over the 20th century. Title of Dissertation: “These Narratives of Racial Passing Have From the Dead”: Redefining Racial Passing in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Imagination.” 
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Enmanuel Martínez — Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature
Research interests: Caribbean and Caribbean diasporic literatures and criticism (Spanish, Anglophone and Francophone), archipelagic American studies, archive theory, decolonial thought, and postcolonial trauma studies
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Giselle Winchester — Ph.D. student in Spanish and Portuguese
Research interests: Feminine and feminist literature, Hispanic Caribbean literature and Caribbean Diaspora. 

Hyacinth Miller — PhD student in Global Urban Studies
Research interests: Caribbean-born elected officials in the US, Immigrant Political Incorporation, Women of Color in elected leadership, U.S. Immigration Policy, Africanborn elected officials in the U.S. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin C. Young —  Ph.D. student in History
Research interests: Transnational Indigenous History of Greater/Circum-Caribbean in Colonial and Early Modern Periods; Identity, Power, and Culture; Colonial and Modern LA; Global Comparative/World; Atlantic World; Slavery and Diasporas; Migration. Dissertation: Enslavement of Mainland Native Americans in Cuba, from Bourbon Reforms to Post-Independence Eras. The theme embraces genocide, slavery in different guises, ethnogenesis, and memory.

Margarita Castromán — Ph.D. student in English
Research interests: 20/21 US Literatures; Latino/a Literatures; African-American Literatures; Caribbean Literatures; Archive Theory and Practice. Region of Study: U.S.; Caribbean (particularly Hispanophone Caribbean)
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Marlene Hyacinth Gaynair — Ph.D. student in History.
Research Interests: African Diaspora/Atlantic World, African-American History; Black Atlantic/African Diaspora, specifically the social and cultural histories of the Caribbean diaspora in North America during the twentieth century
Dissertation: Complications of Cultural Diplomacy: (Re)Creating Jamaican Identity and Citizenship in NYC and Toronto, 1945-1995
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Phedra Deonaire — Ph.D. student in English Literature
Research interests: Caribbean literature (focus on Trinidadian literature)
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Rafael Vizcaíno — Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature
Research interests: Caribbean and Latin America critical philosophical and theoretical work and how they challenge the presuppositions and aims of Anglo-European philosophy and critical theory.
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Shawn Gonzalez — Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature
Research interests: 20th and 21st Century Caribbean literature, decolonial theory, literary multilingualism, translation studies. Region of Study: Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic Caribbean. Dissertation: “Translating Linguistic Conflicts: A Decolonial Perspective on Multilingual Caribbean Literature.” My dissertation will focus on how multilingual literature from the Caribbean engages in political debates about language in the region.
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Sofia Tirado — Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature
Research interests: race and ethnicity in the US, Brazil, the Caribbean
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Tashima Thomas — Ph.D. student in Art History
Research Interests: art and visual culture, fashion, film, music, popular culture, food studies, and critical race theory. Art of the African Diaspora in the Americas.
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William Kelly — Ph.D. student in History
Research interests: Latin American, Caribbean and Cuban history. Cuba, revolutionary era housing reform, 1960-1980s.
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