Roy Cherian's research traces the emergence of race and the biomedical with regard to the historico-material and psycho-political dimensions of colonialization and enslavement. More precisely, by interrogating the relationship between anti-blackness and the secular, Roy's research poses the question of how Black flesh functions as an essential site for the production and refinement of knowledge and the praxis critical to the functioning of biopolitical states and the self-fashioning of its secular citizens and subjects.
DeShawn's research centers whiteness as a militarized socio-economic order and psychodermatological frame for constructions of personhood and subjective experience. His interests include aesthetics, political ontology, climate ecology and the future of policing.
A contemporary conceptual painter and Visiting Faculty at San Francisco Art Institute, He received a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art and the History of Art and Design from the Pratt Institute.
Chasia's research looks at ideas of knowledge production, community, embodiment, resistance, and credibility amongst Black women, primarily using Black Feminist Theory, dis/ability theory, poetic theory, and affect theory.
Chasia received her B.A. in Law, History, & Culture with a minor in Gender & Social Justice from the University of Southern California where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. At UCI, she is also a student in the Feminist Studies Graduate Emphasis.
Ronnese’s research concerns the long-lasting consequences of chattel slavery literacy laws and the ways in which they materialize in contemporary composition pedagogy. More specifically, her work draws critical attention to how academic language norms disadvantage Blacks students and Black vernacular knowledge, contributing to anti-Blackness in the classroom. This work employs composition theory and pedagogy, critical race theory, Black studies, literature and culture, and critical university studies. Engaging theories of racial passing, decolonization, and critical pedagogy, Ronnese’s work aims to project alternatives to anti-Blackness in educational spaces. She holds a BA and MA in Literature from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mariel’s research centers radical Black womxn educators. She studies the lives and pedagogical work of womxn who have made space in educational systems where there seemingly was none. Tracing their different methods of rupture, Mariel considers the ways in which Black feminist pedagogy moves across time and space, and in between people. With a background in art museum education, Mariel’s own practice as an educator informs her research.
Brie’s research seeks provocations to the questions of ontology, madness, and deviance. Using psychoanalysis, Black Critical Theory, memoir, and Black queer theory, Brie’s work constantly seeks to use slavery as a theoretic for the past, present and future of Black positionality in the world. Brie is also interested in the fallacies of multiculturalism, reform, and representation and their wider connections to antiblackness. Additionally, Brie seeks to research Brazilian archives and American archives of slavery and law, as well as the stratification of Blackness between the United States and Latin America. They received their Master’s in Women’s Studies and Bachelor’s in African American Studies from the University of Alabama.
Isabelle's research repositions the blackface minstrel as an active and present monster. Her work is concerned with how the body is formed and reformed especially through play in horror video games. Using psychoanalysis, political economy, Black Critical Theory, film theory, and phenomenology as her framework, her research questions the status of the body, specifically the black body, within categories of family friendly entertainment. She received her Master's in Film and Media Studies from Chapman University.
Konysha’s research interests include an intersection of Black Studies and Black Theology; the oral histories of the Black church being her primary concern. Konysha also studies Black energy transferability and what it means to exist in oneness through shared experiences.
Bianca Borrero Barreras
Bianca’s research interests include a critical look at identity politics in relation to liberation or emancipation and the work of Éduoard Glissant in envisioning relation within the context of the Caribbean, the violence of the Middle Passage, the movement of the ocean, and its relationship to the U.S. South. She has an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama and an MA in Social Sciences with a concentration in political theory from the University of Chicago.
DaShané’s research sits on the intersection of social justice and healing. She seeks to investigate ways Black individuals/communities create spaces for authentic embodiment, communion, and liberation. Using ethnography and critical Black feminist epistemologies, DaShané (re)imagines the relationship we have to our own bodies and with other bodies under the overarching systems of domination that assault the wellness (mind, body, soul) of Black people in the U.S. and globally.
olamina jiménez sánchez
olamina's research focuses on embodied and speculative responses to antiblackness and environmental racism. They are particularly drawn to black intentional communities and environmental justice collectives as sites of inquiry. olamina's fields of interest include black studies, anarchist studies, and psychoanalysis.