Graduate Students

Brad Bierdz

Bio of research: “Brad is a doctoral student originally from Memphis, TN. He studies the philosophy of education in the Curriculum and Global Studies program of the Department of Education, and his undergraduate degrees from Rhodes College are in Africana Studies and Educational Studies. Brad‘s research is primarily focused on understanding contemporary regimes of power and truth within social and educational spaces using postanarchist, necropolitical, and anarcha-feminist understandings of critique, power, and subjectivity. He has taught with the Afro-American studies dept. for a few semesters and has taught a couple of different courses therein. His other teaching experiences are with Montessori schools and a couple of public high schools in Memphis. He loves teaching and getting to know the students taking the courses he teaches.”
The class I teach is “AFAM : 154 – Hip-Hop and Contemporary American Society”

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.