IAC Predoctoral Fellow for 2012-2013:

Michael Slaughter, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History will be the Bunche Center’s 2012-2013 IAC Predoctoral Fellow.  Mr. Slaughter’s project is titled “Lessons on Freedom: Jefferson High School and Central Avenue, 1930 – 1980.”  He seeks to identify and explain the forces that transformed the community of Central Avenue and Black Los Angeles between 1930 and 1980.  The review committee believes this is a fascinating study of Central Avenue during the early 20th century that produces the first in-depth history of Jefferson High School.

IAC Visiting Scholar/Researcher Fellow for 2012-2013:

Jordan Camp is currently a lecturer for the Afro-American Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA.  He graduated with a doctoral degree in sociology in 2011.  Dr. Camp’s proposed project is titled “Incarcerating the Crisis:  Racialization and Securitization in the Wake of the Second Reconstruction.”  Dr. Camp’s project traces how prison expansion has been contested in the cultural products of African American activists, artists, and social theorists during the post-Civil Rights era.  Dr. Camp’s study argues that the dramatic events in U.S. cities and prisons studied in this work were seized upon and deployed as opportunities to legitimize increased expenditures for internal security as a spatial solution for social crisis.

IAC Research Grants for 2012-2013:

  • Cesar Ayala, & Mark Sawyer, Faculty, Sociology & Political Science, “Social, political, and legal dimensions of current Afro-Puerto Rican race formation.”  Professors Ayala and Sawyer will examine the interaction between the United States federal legal structures concerning racial discrimination imposed on Puerto Rico, and the racial culture of Puerto Rico.
  • Robin Derby, Faculty, History, “Male heroism, demonic pigs, and memories of violence in Haitian and the Dominican      Republic.”  Prof. Derby examines the nexus between sorcery narratives, masculinity, race and poverty in Haiti and the Dominican Republic under neoliberalism.  This research into the African diaspora asks questions about the relationship between culture, race, and poverty.
  • Carol DeLilly, Grad Student, Nursing, “Health literacy and medication adherence among hypertensive African American young men.”  Ms. DeLilly analyzes the predictive social and behavioral factors associated with the rising cases of hypertension among urban, young black men.
  • Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Grad Student, Sociology, “Challenging prolonged punishment: Activism for California’s life-term      prisoners.”  Ms. Ghandnoosh focuses on family members and romantic      partners advocating for the release of prisoners sentenced to life-with-the-possibility-of-parole and examines how they challenge current penal policies in light of their exposure to violent crime.
  • Lucio Oliveira, Grad Student, Political Science, “Black music and political resistance under Brazilian authoritarian rule in Rio de Janeiro (1976-1979).”  Mr. Oliveira will explore how the Afro-Brazilian movement called “Black Rio” that was influenced by the U.S. civil rights movements was a form of resistance to political dictatorship and opposition to ideologies of racial democracy that eventually led to systematic oppression of this art form.
  • Janira Teague, Grad Student, History, “I, too, am America: Identity, migrations, and citizenship in Black New York City, 1890 to 1930s.”  Ms. Teague examines the lives, identities, and intellectual ideas/ideals of migrants and immigrants of African descent who moved to New York City from 1890 to the 1930s, as they negotiated their identity and citizenship status.