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MemberVanessa Valdés

I am the author of Diasoric Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Schomburg (2017) and Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood of the Americas (2014). I am the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys of the African Diaspora (2012). I serve as the book review editor of sx salon, of the Small Axe Project. My research interests focus on the literatures of the African Diaspora in the Americas – U.S. Latinx and Africsn American; Hispanic Caribbean; Hispanic American and Brazilian Literatures, with an examination of constructions of race, gender, and class.

MemberAdi S. Bharat

I am a scholar of modern and contemporary French culture, society, and politics. While most of my research is focused on the contemporary period, I have experience teaching courses (or “modules” in UK parlance) on French literature, history, culture, society, and politics in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, in addition to Islamic history. My work is interdisciplinary, intersecting with cultural studies, literary studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, and diaspora studies. My primary methodologies are qualitative: discourse analysis, literary analysis, and ethnography. In addition, I occasionally draw on corpus linguistics approaches to aid my discourse analysis research.