Graduate Student Profiles

Majeed Abdul Rahman

Majeed Abdul Rahman

Majeed Abdul Rahman received his BA (hons.) in philosophy and political science from the University of Ghana. His research interests include human trafficking, on which he has published an article in the global studies journal Transcience, and submitted another to the Nordic Journal of African Studies. When he is not busy understanding the political economy of globalization, and its implications for Sub-Saharan Africa, he is usually inventing games to play with his 3-year-old.

Email: majeed@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220


Crystal Ellis

Crystal Ellis

Crystal Ellis graduated from Alverno College in 2012 with a BA in Political Science with Philosophy support. She then spent two years serving as a Public Ally with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation doing secondary and primary research with the city’s neighborhoods. In the summer of 2014 she was selected along with 40 other students from across the nation to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Her research interests include the development of Africana Psychology, and the impact of some practices of urban institutions on youth of African descent.

Email: ellis7@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220


Charmaine Lang

Curriculum Vitae
C. Lang CV Aprill 2018

Charmaine Lang is a doctoral candidate in the Africology Department. Her dissertation research examines the self-care practices of Black women activists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her teaching and research interests include African American Studies, Women and Sexuality Studies, Black Feminisms and Reproductive Justice.

Charmaine has simultaneously pursued doctoral studies and gained valuable professional experience. She has served as the Interim Executive Director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice and the Director of the Reproductive Justice Collective. She believes that the voices of Black women are essential in creating new narratives and practices that will facilitate a balance between activism, scholarly pursuits and wellness.

As a writer and researcher, Charmaine explores all the ways Black women thrive in oppressive and emotionally taxing environments. As a current Fellow in the prestigious Echoing Ida Program, she works to amplify the voices and experiences of Black women, particularly Black mothers and Black women living in the Rust Belt. Additionally, she is an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Women and Gender Studies where she teaches the first course on Black Feminisms. Through these avenues, she explores the intersections of social class, wellness and pleasure amongst Black women, while connecting these themes to the long tradition of Black women’s activism in the United States.

With her leisure time, Charmaine enjoys Chicago style stepping, reading novels and narratives by and for Black women, traveling domestically and internationally and pursuing new food experiences.

Email: lang3@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220


Maxime Sarah Mianzokouna

Maxime Sarah Mianzokouna

Mr. Mianzokouna has a BA in Psychology from the University Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville, Congo and an MA in Social Psychology, from the San Diego State University. A native speaker of French, Mr. Mianzokouna has experience in lecturing, instructing and leading discussions in French.

Email: maxime@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220

 


Nakia Spencer

Nakia Spencer

Nakia Spencer received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and her MA in English from UW-Milwaukee.

Email: nspencer@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 317


Cami J. Thomas

Cami J. Thomas

Ms. Thomas has a BA in Africology from UW-Milwaukee. She is currently serving as a Project Assistant in Health Psychology. Ms. Thomas’ main research interest deals with African Americans born after 1970 and their perceptions of current conditions regarding racism, discrimination, segregation, and the need for social and political revolution. She is also interested in the political economy of Hip Hop culture, antiracist education and education reform in Black communities, and comparative studies between the United States and Ghana focusing on youth and young adult involvement in current social and political movements. Ms. Thomas has been to Ghana twice to study cultural traditions with the Department of Africology Study Abroad Program.

Email: cjthomas@uwm.edu
Office: Pearse B57


Dalila Negreiros

My name is Dalila Fernandes de Negreiros, I have 32 years, I’ m a black woman and a Brazilian activist in the black movement, a geography teacher and a researcher of policies for racial equality in Brazil. My academic training has been dedicated to research about race relations in Brazil, specifically the relationship between the demands of the black movements and public policies built in response to such demands. In 2017 I published my book: ““Educação das relações étnico-raciais: análise da formação de docents” (Education of Ethnic-Racial Relations: Relations: An Analysis of Teacher Training) by the publisher of the Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

I worked for the Brazil´s government as a public servant from 2008 to 2017, always on black population related issues. I already worked in promoting food security to traditional communities as indigenous and quilombolas, from 2008 to 2011. Between 2012 and 2015 I’ve worked at the Racial Equality Secretariat. And between 2015 and 2017 I worked in the Human Rights Department in a program against torture. Lately I’m developing my dissertation proposal in the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. My goal is to do a comparative study between black studies in Brazilian and American Universities.

Email: dfn@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 214