Graduate Student Profiles


Charmaine Lang

Curriculum Vitae
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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.

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: An Analysis of Teacher Training) by the publisher of the Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

I worked for 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 at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. My goal is to do a comparative study of black studies in Brazilian and American Universities.

Office: MIT 214


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

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.

Office: MIT 220




Eric Jefferson

Eric Jefferson is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His main research subject area is privilege.

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 an 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 different communities.

Office: MIT 220

Nakia Spencer

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

Office: MIT 317