Recent Research




Dr. Oscar de la Torre hasreceived a 2014 fellowship of the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolitionat Yale University.

He will use the fellowship to finish his book manuscript “Leaving Behind the Big Snake: A History of Black Amazonia, 1850-1950”. The book is about the history of black rural communities in Amazonia, focusing on how enslaved Africans and Maroons used the eco-social characteristics of the region to dig their way out of slavery; and how they dialogued and competed with the elite and non-elite social groups to build a political identity that is rooted in their African ancestry. He will unfold the implications of these for black land ownership and citizenship in twentieth-century Brazil. Dr. Oscar de la Torre (Assistant Professor): A 2014 College Educators Research Fellowship awarded by UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in support of his project titled “Environment, State, and Society in the Caribbean and Latin America” Dr. Akin Ogundiran named a Fellow at National Humanities Center and received Carnegie Fellowship for a collaborative sustainability project


Dr. Akin Ogundiran co-edited Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2014).

Dr. Dorothy Smith-Ruiz’s two articles came out in the summer addressing different aspects of race, gender, and incaceration:

  • The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Women and Families. In Scott Bowman (ed.), Color Behind Bars: Racism in the U.S. Prison System. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Praeger (2014)
  • (with Kopak, Albert) DSM-5 Substance Abuse Use Disorders and Offense Types Among Women in the Criminal Justice System. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 53:6, 433-454. (2014)

Dr. Akin Ogundiran is the recent author of two articles on the World Heritage Site – Osun Grove:

  • “The Making of an Internal Frontier Settlement: Archaeology and Historical Process in Osun Grove (Nigeria), 17th–18th Centuries”, African Archaeological Review 31(1): 1-24. Using archaeological data and historical sources, his article sheds new light on the empirical and theoretical conceptualization of emergent community in an interstitial and active regional frontier, in West Africa during the mid-Atlantic period.
  • The Osun-Osogbo Grove as a Social Common and an Uncommon Ground: An Analysis of Patrimonial Patronage in Postcolonial Nigeria. International Journal of Cultural Property 21, 2 (2014): 173-198.

Dr. Felix Germainpublished “A ‘New’ Black Nationalism in the United States and France in Journal of African American Studies, Volume 17, Number 3

. The article examines the relationship between Black Nationalism and demographic change in the Black populations of the US and France. The study highlights the impacts of post-civil rights politics and post-colonial migrations on the meaning and performance of Black Nationalism in these two racialized countries with different national approaches to racial discourse. Dr. Oscar de la Torre (Assistant Professor): “Are They Really Quilombos?: Black Peasants, Politics, and the Meaning of Quilombo in Present-Day Brazil.” Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies 3, nos. 1 and 2 (2013), 101-122. Dr. Akin Ogundiran and Dr. Oscar de la Torre. Guest Editors of Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies 3, nos. 1 and 2 (special issue on Community Engagement and Citizen Empowerment in Africa and the African Diaspora). Dr. Charles Pinckney (Lecturer): “Assessing the Mental Health Concerns of the Hip-Hop Generation for Culturally Competent Health Care,” in Health, Ethnicity, and Well-Being: An African American Perspective, eds. P. Kinsey and D. M. Louden. Xlibris, LLC (2014) Dr. Dorothy Smith-Ruiz (Associate Professor): “The intersectionalities of race, class, and mass incarceration,” in Black Behind Bars: African-Americans, Policing, and the Prison Boom, eds. Ray Von Robertson, Cognella Academic Publishing (2014), pp. 141-150.

Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Eddy Souffrant published Identity, Political Freedom, and Collective Responsibility: The Pillars and Foundations of Global Ethics. Palgrave-Macmillan (2013).


There is an entry on Dr. Akin Ogundiran in Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith (Springer 2013). ISBN: 978-1-4419-0426-3 (Print), 978-1-4419-0465-2 (Online). His writings on the anthropology of material experience are also anthologized in an entry titled “Archaeology and Anthropology” in the same encyclopedia.