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BSP Co-Conveners

Jessica Graham
Director
Jessica Graham completed her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago (2010) and a master’s degree in Africana Studies at Cornell University (2000).  During a break from graduate school after leaving Cornell, Professor Graham spent two months in Brazil, where her experiences with Afro-Brazilian academics and activists led to an interest in Brazilian history.  Her current book manuscript, Shifting the Meaning of Democracy: Racial Inclusion as a Strategy of the U.S. and Brazilian States, 1930-45, assesses Brazil and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.  Her book examines the impact of communism, fascism, the Second World War, and Brazil-U.S. relations on evolving racial meanings of political democracy in both nations.  Research for the project has been supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center, a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, a University of Notre Dame Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Fellowship, and a University of Notre Dame Moreau Postdoctoral Fellowship, among others.  Professor Graham’s next article, which analyzes communist racial doctrine in Brazil, will appear in the edited volume, Políticas da raça: Experiências e legados da abolição e da pós-emancipação no brasil in 2015.

Sara Clarke Kaplan
Associate Director
Sara Clarke Kaplan is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A scholar of feminist and queer theory and African Diaspora literary and cultural production, her work has appeared in a number of journals, including American Quarterly, American Literary History, Callaloo, TDR, and the Journal of Black Women, Gender, and Families. Her book, The Black Reproductive: Feminism and the Politics of Freedom is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. She is currently at work on two new projects: an interdisciplinary consideration of Black feminist geographies of slavery in the Americas; and a study of how twentieth-century Black aesthetic forms deploy Diasporic spiritual practices and cosmologies to reconfigure Black gendered geographies, histories, and subjectivities.