C. Daniel Dawson
Has lectured at the House of World Cultures-Berlin, the Kit Tropenmuseum-Amsterdam, the University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the Federal University of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro-Brazil. Professor Dawson has also taught seminars on African Spirituality in the Americas at the University of Iowa, NYU, and Yale University. He has a research focus on the African diaspora and its Culture. In addition, Dawson has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, arts administrator, and consultant. He served as curator of photography, film and video at the Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), director of special projects at the Caribbean Cultural Center (NYC), and curatorial consultant and director of education at the Museum for African Art (NYC). As a photographer, he has shown his work in more than 30 exhibitions. He has also curated more than 40 exhibitions, including Harlem Heyday: The Photographs of James Van Der Zee and The Sound I Saw: The Jazz Photographs of Roy DeCarava. Dawson has been Associated with many prize-winning films, including Head and Heart by James Mannas and Capoeiras of Brazil by Warrington Hudlin.

Mariame Kaba
As an organizer, educator and curator, Kaba is a voice in social movements for prison abolition, racial and gender justice, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization working to end youth incarceration. She co-founded many organizations, including the Chicago Freedom School and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women. Mariame is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow. She currently organizes with the collective Survived & Punished.

Christine A. Pinnock
Dr. Pinnock is a writer, cultural anthropologist and garden photographer recently earned her doctorate in Anthropology from The Graduate Center (CUNY).  Her broader research interests involve immigration, sexuality, diasporic/transnational communities, Caribbean literature, and gendered labor.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University (SUNY) in History and Africana Studies (Honors) and is a proud alumnus of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) where she earned her Masters of Arts studying C.L.R. James’ and George Padmore’s influence on Kwame Nkrumah.   With more than a decade of teaching experience in the CUNY and SUNY systems Dr. Pinnock provides students with a dynamic interdisciplinary classroom experience drawn from her extensive knowledge of the African diaspora.

Currently Dr. Pinnock is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at IRAAS teaching, Gender, Sexuality and Labor in the Contemporary Caribbean and is also the consultant for IRAAS’ Thesis Writing Workshop.  She is working on her manuscript, A Means to an End: Narratives of Diasporic Blackness, Class and Survival among Female Afro-Caribbean Service Workers in New York City, along with other writing projects.  Dr. Pinnock is the owner of Building Future Legacies for Young Scholars, a college preparedness consulting firm, and is deeply committed to helping college-bound, undergraduate and graduate scholars effectively navigate and succeed in higher education.   She can be contacted at or .

Maboula Soumahoro
Dr. Soumahoro is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France. She has been a visiting lecturer in Africana Studies at Barnard College and at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University (New York). She received her PhD magna cum laude from the English Department of the Université de Tours Francois-Rabelais (France). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in the History Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. She has lectured and delivered papers in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe.  Her research focuses topics including the African diaspora and Atlantic black nationalisms.

She has taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, Bard College (Bard Prison Initiative, BPI), the Paris Institute of Political Science, and Bennington College—where she is Visiting Faculty in 2016-2017." Her current forthcoming projects include Black Peoples, Black Gods, a comparative historical analysis of the emergence of Rastafari and the Nation of Islam; Constructing Black France: A Transatlantic Dialogue, a collection of essays from the conference of the same title that she organized at Columbia University in April 2009; and an essay on “Maryse Condé’s Segu in Black Women’s Intellectual History,” edited by Farah Griffin, Barbara Savage, Mia Bay, and Martha Jones.


Salamishah Tillet
Professor of English and Africana Studies and a faculty member of the Alice Paul Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization and A.M. in English from Harvard University and her M.A.T. from Brown University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A. in English and Afro-American Studies. 

In 2010-11, she was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow for Career Enhancement and served as a visiting fellow at the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University.  In 2010, she was awarded the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2013-14, she was a Scholar-in-Residence at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Her book Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012) examines how contemporary African American artists, writers, and intellectuals remember antebellum slavery within post-Civil Rights America in order to challenge the ongoing exclusion of African Americans from America’s civic myths and to model a racially democratic future.

In 2010, she wrote the liner notes for John Legend and The Roots’ three-time Grammy award-winning album, Wake Up!.  In 2013, she published Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Singles Interview for Amazon. She is the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art to end violence against girls and women.

Her research interests include American Studies, twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, film, popular music, cultural studies, and feminist theory.