Faculty Advisory Board Members

Professor Jerome Branche

Jerome Branche holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and is currently an Associate Professor of Latin American and Cultural Studies in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. His work deals principally with the Black Atlantic, critical race theory, pedagogy, and issues of culture and coloniality in Latin America and the Caribbean. His most recent work centers on the philosophy and poetics of diaspora.

Professor Myriam Chancy

Myriam Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian writer of both novels and literary criticism and is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati where she teaches courses in African diaspora studies, Caribbean literature, literary theory, and creative writing. Dr. Chancy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Her research interests include Caribbean women's literature, fiction and memoir, feminist theory, and postcolonial theory.

Professor Lesley Feracho

Lesley Feracho earned her Ph.D. from Duke University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and the Institute of African-American Studies at the University of Georgia. She specializes in contemporary Latin American narrative, in general, and the narrative and poetry of Caribbean women and Afro-Latin Americans, in particular. Dr. Feracho's recent work has dealt with cross-cultural literary texts of women writers of African descent in the Americas.

Professor Lucius Outlaw, Jr.

Lucius Outlaw, Jr. is a Professor of Philosophy and the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education at Vanderbilt University. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston College. His teaching and research interests involve social, political, Africana, and American philosophies, including racial matters in socio-political life in the U.S. and in the practices of European and Euro-American philosophy. Professor Outlaw's publications include Race and Philosophy (1996) and Critical Social Theory in the Interests of Black Folks (2005).

Professor Hortense Spillers

Hortense Spillers, a scholar well known for her work in Black feminist theory, is a Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor in Vanderbilt University's English Department. Among her most notable publications are Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture and Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text. Dr. Spillers holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University..

Professor Sonja Stephenson Watson

Sonja Stephenson Watson is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her areas of interest include contemporary Latin American literature, Hispanic Caribbean literature, the Afro-Hispanic historical novel, and Afro-Hispanic narrative in general. Dr. Watson has published articles in the College Language Association Journal, the Afro-Hispanic Review and the Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal.