Graduate Student Profiles

Charmaine Lang

Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae November 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


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


Crystal Ellis

Crystal Ellis graduatedCrystal Ellis 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


Javon Alexander

Interests: Mentoring youth, photography, playing basketball, painting

Topics of Research: Restorative Justice, Disparities in Academic Achievement, Income Gap in Milwaukee

Academic Background: BA in Africology, MS in Business

Community Outreach: United for Progress & Productivity (UPP), an organization focused on supporting individuals and families on their journeys to becoming self-reliant and self-sufficient, is extremely important to me. It allows me an opportunity to help people regain the confidence to tackle challenges as they strive to become productive members of their communities.

Office: MIT 220

Kitonga Alexander

Kitonga Alexander, a Milwaukee native, is the Coordinator of the Welcome Home Project. He has a bachelor’s degree in Africology and a master’s degree in Business Management, both from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He created the Walk of Truth, a guided social expedition that participants returning to the community from incarceration take in order to create individual plans of productivity. He was the recipient of the first TMJ4 Positively Milwaukee Award in 2017, As the co-founder of UPP (United for Progress and Productivity), Kitonga is committed to establishing strong community relationships, with the aspirations of networking an array
of resources for community members as they navigate their journeys.

Email: kta@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220

Majeed Abdul Rahman

Majeed A. Rahman received his MSc.  Interdisciplinary  Science (2015) from Oklahoma State University, Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) (2014) at UWM and his BA (hons.) in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Ghana. His research interests include inequality, development studies, racial residential segregation and human trafficking. Below are his academic publications:

Rahman Majeed A. “Industrial Policy: Promising Possibilities for African Economic Growth and Development.” In Social Evolution & History Edited by Carol Ijeoma Njoku, Dmitri M. Bondarenko and E.C. Ejiogu, Pages 108-122. Moscow: Uchitel Publishing house, March 2018.

Rahman, Majeed “Human Trafficking in the era of Globalization: The Case of Trafficking women in the Global Market Economy” Global Studies Journal Transcience 2.1 (2011) pp1-18

Rahman, Majeed “The Geopolitics of Water in the Nile River Basin” Online Global Research: Center for Research on Globalization July 2012

Rahman, Majeed “Water Security: Ethiopia-Egypt Transboundary Challenges Over the Nile River Basin.” Journal of Asian African Studies (JAAS) 48.1 (2012). Pp35-46

Email: majeed.rahman6@gmail.com
Office: MIT 220


Maria Hamming

Maria Hamming graduated in 2018 from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Global Studies & Social Impact, and a minor in African American Studies. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Maria’s research interests in the broad topic of racial identity began to form. Maria’s research is primarily interested in black travel/tourism to West Africa, and how this influences the formation of one’s racial identity.

Email: mhamming@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220

 

 


Jackline Kirungi

Jackline Kirungi is a graduate of Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda. She holds a Master of Philosophy in interdisciplinary social sciences, a Master of Arts in Gender and Women Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences all from Makerere University. Interacting with scholars and researchers in the university space, Jackline has developed interest in pursuing an academic career. Her main research and academic interests revolve around gender, marriage, family and racial identities. Jackline is a member of Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). As a researcher in Uganda, she has undertaken several research explorations in gender and health, gender and education in adolescents, gender and feminism studies in Africa (Makerere University), gender and migration, gender and local government and water. Jackline currently seeks to explore gender, marriage, family and racism in a different communities.

Email: jkirungi@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 received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and her MA in English from UW-Milwaukee.

Email: nspencer@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 317