Graduate Students connected with the Center for Race and Ethnicity.
Miya Carey is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. She received her BA with honors in History from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Miya's work bridges African American history, women's and gender history, and the history of childhood. Her dissertation, "'That charm of all girlhood': Black Girlhood and Girls in Washington, D.C., 1930-1965," analyzes the activities and missions of black girls' organizations as a way to uncover the experiences, expectations, and definitions of black girlhood from the 1930s-1960s. She argues that these organizations made a case for black girlhood by functioning simultaneously as sites of pleasure and sites of race work. Black girls were denied the privileges and protections of girlhood because of their race, but girls' organizations provided a space for them to enjoy the typical experiences of childhood. At the same time, these organizations cast black girls as representatives of the race who had the power to shape race progress. Miya is a recipient of the Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association.
Nafisa Tanjeem is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Women's and Gender Studies of Rutgers University. Her PhD research analyzes activism and activist discourses developed in relation to the deadliest garment industrial disaster in the human history - the 2013 collapse of Rana plaza, a factory building housing five garment factories in Savar, Bangladesh. Her work reveals how increasing use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as blogging sites) opens up possibilities for transnational activist collaboration across various nodes of the apparel supply chain, while reinforcing different forms of gender, race, and class hierarchies in both the Global North and the South.
Nafisa has extensive undergraduate teaching experiences at Rutgers University in the USA, University of Toronto in Canada, and University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She has closely worked with various activist groups and organizations such as United Students against Sweatshops in the USA, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians in Canada, and Bangladesh Garment Sromik Sanghati (Bangladesh Garment Workers' Solidarity) and "Meye" (Women) network in Bangladesh.
Allison Harbin is a doctoral candidate in Art History at Rutgers University. Her research explores the intersections of postcolonialism and feminism in contemporary art by women, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and multi-media works. Her dissertation, "Strategic Excess: Towards a Postcolonial Feminism in Contemporary Transnational Art," strives to create a methodology for art historical discourses that elaborates the position of excess beyond the canon and beyond disciplinary constraints. She has presented her work at the Universities Art Association of Canada and Harvard University, among others. Her essay on transnationalism and masculinity has been published by OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society in 2015.
Tasia Milton is a doctoral candidate in English at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on, region's impact on gender and sexuality in the production of alternative histories in African American literature. Her dissertation, "Displacing the South: New Geographies of Slavery and Freedom in Black Women's Writing," argues that reclaiming the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions as sites of black cultural production reveals alternative spaces for defining black womanhood—the family home and small farm, the church, the courtroom, and the marketplace. She has presented her work at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the annual meetings of the American Studies Association and Modern Language Association. Her work is forthcoming in the edited collection Critical Insights: Civil Rights from Greyhouse Publishing.