Graduate Students

Adriana is a first year Master’s student in the Department of Afro-American studies. Arthur graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in African-American studies. Her research interests include Black Women’s history and literature; Black women’s resistance, embodiment, and conceptualizations of freedom. Her interests are grounded in the ways Black women embody resistance and the negotiations they make for their agency, autonomy, and freedom. She’s interested in how Black women engage in various modes of literature, media, and art as practices of resistance to hegemonic femininity and misogynoir. She is also interested in how enslaved women were conceptualizing various meanings of freedom and the intellectual/spiritual histories and genealogies they formed.


Taylor L. Bailey (she/her) is a first year student in the Afro-American Studies MA and Literary Studies PhD Bridge Program. She is from Chicago and completed her undergraduate degree in African & African American Studies and English Literature with a concentration in fiction writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests lie at the intersections of Black feminist thought, girlhood studies, and 20th century literature— more specifically how catharsis and coping mechanisms in the forms of homosocial bonding, artistic outlets, addiction, etc. serve as a way for Black women and girls to negotiate their existence within an equally anti-Black and misogynistic society as it manifests in literature.


Stephen Chandler
Stephen is a third year MA candidate, completing dual Master of Arts in African American Studies and Educational Policy and is a first-generation college graduate. He hails from Chicago where he graduated from Chicago State University with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and African American Studies. His research interests include Black music and community development (Protest music & Social movements), racialized sound, narrative of Black male criminality (Mass Incarceration), Hip-Hop Education and Black spaces in education (Anti Blackness & Imposter Syndrome).
Teaching Assistant: AAS 156: Black Music and American Cultural History (Spring 2019-Spring 2021)
Angelica Euseary
  1. My research interests include: Black Girlhood in Education; Race and Gender in Education; Civil Rights and Jim Crow; Policy and Education
  2. I am a TA for the 2020-2021 academic school year for Introduction to African American Studies 231.
Gavin Huismann
Gavin is a first year Master’s student in the Department of Afro-American Studies and plans to pursue a PhD in History. He is primarily interested in the operation of American race-based slavery and the many heroic ways in which enslaved people fought against being commodified. He is particularly interested in the nonviolent forms of resistance that enslaved people engaged in as these survival strategies are sometimes given insufficient attention.
His interests are grounded in the reality that the resistance of enslaved people defined the institution of slavery just as much as the actions of slaveholders did. He is also driven by uncovering the ways in which enslaved people strove to keep their identities alive in the midst of nearly constant physical and psychological violence.
Elijah Levine
I am a first-year MA student and PhD student in Literary Studies studying 19th and 20th Century Black Literature. My research is focused largely on blackness in the American imagination, specifically a theory of Black Ventriloquy in which whiteness is projected through a manufactured Black Other. In this research, I examine film, music, literature, and culture to express different modes of Black Ventriloquy. I’m originally from the East Coast, New York and Virginia, and completed my B.A. in English at The College of William & Mary before teaching high school English for two years in The Bronx.