Postdoctoral, Faculty, and Graduate Fellows

Below are lists of our current Postdoctoral, Graduate Student, and Faculty fellows. View a list of former fellows. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, CSREA and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 2018-2020

    Ph.D., Northwestern University

    Anchored in household ethnography, Dario Valles' research explores shifting racial and gendered inequalities, intimate labor practices, state formations and constructions of childhood in the “majority-minority” U.S.

  • Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, CSREA, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of Africana Studies, 2018-2020

    Ph.D., Harvard University

    While her research, writing, and presentations have explored a range of topics in African American religion, music, and history, Charrise Barron's current book project centers on contemporary black gospel music.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Ethnicity, 2019-2021

    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (ABD)

    Mahasan Offutt-Chaney's Ph.D. work is in Education Policy from the University of California Berkeley. Her research agenda looks broadly at the historic nexus between Education, race and social policy. 

Graduate Student Fellows

  • Interdisciplinary Opportunity Graduate School Fellow, 2019-2020

    Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory

    Michelle is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory at Brown University. Her dissertation entitled, "The Art of Democratic Living: Recovering Alain Locke's Politics of Aesthetics," combines intellectual history and contemporary political thought in order to open new discussions about the relationship between aesthetics and politics, and democracy in particular.

Faculty Fellows

  • Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, Chair of American Studies

    Matthew Guterl is a historian of race and nation, with a focus on United States history from the Civil War to the present. At Brown, he teaches small and large undergraduate classes on American political and popular culture, and graduate classes on race and culture.

  • Assistant Professor of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre

    As an artist and scholar, Lisa Biggs is interested in the role of the arts, and performance more broadly writ, in movements for social justice in the United States. Her current scholarship investigates the role of the arts in movements for social justice.

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies

    Kevin Escudero is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Population Studies Training Center at Brown University. Professor Escudero's research and teaching interests include immigration and refugee studies; comparative racial and ethnic studies; social movements; law and society; and critical human geography.