Independent Study and Dissertation Directors

Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama, aka Professor Latinx, is the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Affiliate Faculty in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas, Austin, as well as Adjunct Professor & Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University.He is award-winning author of over 48 books, including the International Latino Book Award and an Eisner for Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is editor and co-editor of nine academic press book series, including editor of Latinographix that publishes Latinx comics. He is the creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes and founder and director of UT’s Latinx Pop Lab. He is the author of several children’s books, including The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie (published in English and Spanish) and the forthcoming, Con Papá/With Papá.   

Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama, aka Professor Latinx, is the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Affiliate Faculty in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas, Austin, as well as Adjunct Professor & Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University.He is award-winning author of over 48 books, including the International Latino Book Award and an Eisner for Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is editor and co-editor of nine academic press book series, including editor of Latinographix that publishes Latinx comics. He is the creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes and founder and director of UT’s Latinx Pop Lab. He is the author of several children’s books, including The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie (published in English and Spanish) and the forthcoming, Con Papá/With Papá.   

Giovanbattista Tusa

Philosopher,documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanbattista Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the co-author of De la Fin (Mimésis Visages, 2017), with Alain Badiou.

Giovanbattista Tusa

Philosopher,documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanbattista Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the co-author of De la Fin (Mimésis Visages, 2017), with Alain Badiou.

Ofosuwa Abiola

Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola is Associate Dean, and Associate Professor in the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. in History from Howard University, and her research interests are African and African Diaspora dance and performance history. Dr. Abiola has written several books including, History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance; Historical Perspectives on Dance in Africa; and her latest book, Fire Under My Feet: History, Race and Agency in African Diaspora Dance. Dr. Abiola’s research and fieldwork in Africa have been funded by international agencies and the U.S. Government including, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S.Department of Education, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers,among others. She was also the recipient of the Mary Ellen Lane Multi-Country Travel Award for the top-ranked research proposal for her forthcoming book project, Unwitting Witnesses: Unearthing Narratives of African Dance in Pre-Colonial Logs. Dr.Abiola is the founder of the Nankama African Dance Conference; a two-day immersion in African and African Diaspora dance scholarship and dance workshops including panelists and instructors from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States.

Ofosuwa Abiola

Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola is Associate Dean, and Associate Professor in the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. in History from Howard University, and her research interests are African and African Diaspora dance and performance history. Dr. Abiola has written several books including, History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance; Historical Perspectives on Dance in Africa; and her latest book, Fire Under My Feet: History, Race and Agency in African Diaspora Dance. Dr. Abiola’s research and fieldwork in Africa have been funded by international agencies and the U.S. Government including, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S.Department of Education, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers,among others. She was also the recipient of the Mary Ellen Lane Multi-Country Travel Award for the top-ranked research proposal for her forthcoming book project, Unwitting Witnesses: Unearthing Narratives of African Dance in Pre-Colonial Logs. Dr.Abiola is the founder of the Nankama African Dance Conference; a two-day immersion in African and African Diaspora dance scholarship and dance workshops including panelists and instructors from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States.

Claire Raymond

Claire Raymond is the author of nine books of feminist theory and critical theory, on topics ranging from aesthetic theory to poetics to visual culture. Her newest book, Photography and Resistance: Anticolonialist Photography in the Americas, is forthcoming in 2022 from Palgrave Macmillan. She teaches for the University of Maine and for Bates College, and is based in coastal Maine. 

Claire Raymond

Claire Raymond is the author of nine books of feminist theory and critical theory, on topics ranging from aesthetic theory to poetics to visual culture. Her newest book, Photography and Resistance: Anticolonialist Photography in the Americas, is forthcoming in 2022 from Palgrave Macmillan. She teaches for the University of Maine and for Bates College, and is based in coastal Maine. 

Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Al-Jazeera. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). You can also find him on Instagram at @beingatlarge.

Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Al-Jazeera. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). You can also find him on Instagram at @beingatlarge.

Khwezi Mkhize

Khwezi Mkhize received his PhD in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is currently lecturer in the Department of African Literature at Wits University, Johannesburg, and co-editor of the journal African Studies.

Khwezi Mkhize

Khwezi Mkhize received his PhD in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is currently lecturer in the Department of African Literature at Wits University, Johannesburg, and co-editor of the journal African Studies.

Adrienne Childs

W.E.B. DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Current projects include Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, a study of blacks in European decorative arts.

Adrienne Childs

W.E.B. DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Current projects include Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, a study of blacks in European decorative arts.

Margarita Palacios

Margarita Palacios (PhD New School for Social Research, New York, 2004), is a Chilean social theorist teaching at the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Fantasy and Political Violence:The Meaning of Anti-Communism in Chile (VS Research, Wiesbaden, 2009) and Radical Sociality: Studies on Disobedience, Violence and Belonging (Palgrave, 2013). She is currently writing her third monograph The Flesh of the Social: Aesthetics, White Innocence and the Political, where she brings forward her more recent research on the study of affect, materiality and racialization.  

Margarita Palacios

Margarita Palacios (PhD New School for Social Research, New York, 2004), is a Chilean social theorist teaching at the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Fantasy and Political Violence:The Meaning of Anti-Communism in Chile (VS Research, Wiesbaden, 2009) and Radical Sociality: Studies on Disobedience, Violence and Belonging (Palgrave, 2013). She is currently writing her third monograph The Flesh of the Social: Aesthetics, White Innocence and the Political, where she brings forward her more recent research on the study of affect, materiality and racialization.  

Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

Alberto Hernandez-Lemus is an associate professor of Philosophy at Colorado College. He started his career in philosophy in aesthetics, writing on the cinema theory of Gilles Deleuze. He has gradually come to focus on social and political philosophy, particularly on philosophical issues pertaining to contemporary social movements in the global South.


Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

Alberto Hernandez-Lemus is an associate professor of Philosophy at Colorado College. He started his career in philosophy in aesthetics, writing on the cinema theory of Gilles Deleuze. He has gradually come to focus on social and political philosophy, particularly on philosophical issues pertaining to contemporary social movements in the global South.


Sigrid Hackenberg

Sigrid Hackenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and philosopher based in New York. She is the author of a study on G. W. F. Hegel and Emmanuel Levinas, Total History, Anti-History, and the Face that is Other (Atropos Press), and co-editor with Lenart Škof of Bodily Proximity (Ljubljana: Novarevija). Hackenberg grew up in Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United States. She was awarded a B.A. from San Francisco State University (SFSU), anM.A. from New York University (NYU), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School (EGS), Switzerland. 

Sigrid Hackenberg

Sigrid Hackenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and philosopher based in New York. She is the author of a study on G. W. F. Hegel and Emmanuel Levinas, Total History, Anti-History, and the Face that is Other (Atropos Press), and co-editor with Lenart Škof of Bodily Proximity (Ljubljana: Novarevija). Hackenberg grew up in Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United States. She was awarded a B.A. from San Francisco State University (SFSU), anM.A. from New York University (NYU), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School (EGS), Switzerland. 

Elina Staikou

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

Elina Staikou

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Smalls’ teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. They recently finished their first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (forthcoming NYU Press),which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies. Smalls’ writing has appeared in ArtLeaks Gazette (SUNY Albany), The Black ScholarGL/QWomen & PerformanceCriticismLateralAmerican Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music. Dr. Smalls is currently an Associate Professor of Black Studies at St. John’s University in New York City.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Smalls’ teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. They recently finished their first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (forthcoming NYU Press),which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies. Smalls’ writing has appeared in ArtLeaks Gazette (SUNY Albany), The Black ScholarGL/QWomen & PerformanceCriticismLateralAmerican Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music. Dr. Smalls is currently an Associate Professor of Black Studies at St. John’s University in New York City.