Graduate Student Profiles

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.

Email: dfn@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 214


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

 

 

 


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.

Email: jeffer29@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220


Jane Kariuki

Jane Kariuki is a Ph.D. student in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. She received her Bachelors in Peace and Justice, Global Language and Cultural Studies at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

Email: jkariuki@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 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.

Email: jkirungi@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220


Funmilola Olorunfemi

Funmilola Olorunfemi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. She received her BSc in Political Science from Obafemi Awolowo University and her MSc in Political Science from the University of Ibadan.

Email: olorunf2@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