Graduate Student Profiles

Majeed Abdul Rahman

Majeed Abdul Rahman

Majeed Abdul Rahman received his B.A.(hons.) in philosophy and political science from the University of Ghana. His research interests include human trafficking, on which he has published an article in the global studies journal Transcience, and submitted another to the Nordic Journal of African Studies. When he is not busy understanding the political economy of globalization, and its implications for Sub-Saharan Africa, he is usually inventing games to play with his 3 year old.
Email: majeed@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Patrick Delices

Mr. Delices has a B.A. in International Relations and Black Studies from the City College of New York, an M.B.A. in Quantitative Finance, Global Business, and Business Law from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and an M.P.A. in International Economics Policy and Management from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University along with a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Delices served as a research fellow to the late Dr. Manning Marable, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History for his work Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Mr. Delices also served on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and published an article titled "The Digital Economy" in the Journal of International Affairs. His research interests include the Global African Presence; the Political Economy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Agents of Socialization; the Global Impact of the Haitian Revolution; Black Power, Leadership and Decision Making; the Black Studies Movement; and Black Intellectualism, Scholarship, and the Production of Knowledge.
Email: pdelices@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (917) 403-5381


Crystal Edwards

Crystal Edwards

Ms. Edwards has a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Houston. She is interested in exploring pre-colonial traditions of chieftaincy, specifically throughout Ghana, and African political philosophy.
Email: edwar223@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Crystal Ellis

Crystal Ellis

Crystal Ellis graduated from Alverno College in 2012 with a BA in Political Science with Philosophy support. She then spent two years serving as a Public Ally with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation doing secondary and primary research with the city's neighborhoods. In the summer of 2014 she was selected along with 40 other students from across the nation to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Her research interests include the development of Africana Psychology, and the impact of some practices of urban institutions on youth of African descent.
Email: ellis7@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Khaled Esseissah

Khaled Esseissah

Khaled Esseissah comes from Mauritania. He received his Master degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, his Diplôme d'études approfondies (Master) in American Studies from Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar – Senegal, and his Maîtrise (B.A) in English & Literature from Université de Nouakchott- Nouakchott- Mauritania. His research interests include: Slavery and Slavery-like practices in Mauritania, Hratine diasporic community in Northwest Africa, and Hratine racial identity formation in Mauritania.
Email: esseiss2@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Charmaine Lang

Charmaine Lang

Ms. Lang has a Bachelors degree in English and Public Administration and Masters degrees in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on African World Literature. Her research interests include West African women authored literature, and the ways in which women create ways to liberate themselves and share their historical truths and significance. While an avid reader, she also loves traveling and dancing.
Email: lang3@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842
Vita: PDF


Maxime

Maxime Sarah Mianzokouna

Mr. Mianzokouna has a B.A. in Psychology from the University Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville, Congo and an M.A. in Social Psychology, from the San Diego State University. A native speaker of French, Mr. Mianzokouna has experience in lecturing, instructing and leading discussions in French.
Email: maxime@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Jessica Mirkes

Jessica Marie Mirkes

Ms. Mirkes received her B.A. in Broad Field Social Studies and History with a minor in Africology and her M.A. in Sociology, both from UW-Milwaukee. Her research interests include nationalism and comparative genocide in post-colonial Africa as well as gender development and women’s studies. She loves to travel and has been to Ghana and Ethiopia, through the Department of Africology Study Abroad Program.
Email: jmsweers@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220


Charmane Perry

Charmane Perry

Ms. Perry has a B.A. in African-American Studies from Temple University and an M.A. in Pan-African Studies from Syracuse University. Her research interests include Haiti and the Haitian diaspora with particular interests in the practice of discrimination, exclusion, and xenophobia toward Haitians in the Bahamas.
Email: cmperry@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Anastacia Scott

Anastacia Scott

Ms. Scott has a B.A. in from Dillard University, New Orleans. As an undergrad student, she interned at the Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, S.A., conducted curatorial research there and produced an exhibition design. Her research has examined the 2008 elections and the legacy of President Obama’s win on the issues of Black self-efficacy and self-esteem. She is interested in race relations, colorblind ideology and post-racial phenomenon. When she does find time from her research, Ms. Scott enjoys traveling, theater, performing in poetry and attending spoken word events.
Email: ajscott@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Estrella Sotomayor

Maria Estrella Sotomayor

M. Estrella Sotomayor received her B.A. in Spanish Literature and Women’s Studies and her M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature from UW-Milwaukee. Before joining Africology, Ms. Sotomayor was a senior lecturer in the UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research interests involve examining ethnic disparities in public health outcomes and interaction of cultural, gender and national identity issues. More information about Ms. Sotomayor can be found on the UWSystem Women's Study Consortium web site.
Email: mes4@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 317
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Nakia Spencer

Nakia Spencer received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and her M.A. in English from UW-Milwaukee.
Email: nspencer@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 317
Phone: (414) 229-4842


Cami Thomas

Cami J. Thomas

Ms. Thomas has a B.A. in Africology from UW-Milwaukee. She is currently serving as a Project Assistant in Health Psychology. Ms. Thomas’ main research interest deals with African Americans born after 1970 and their perceptions of current conditions regarding racism, discrimination, segregation, and the need for social and political revolution. She is also interested in the political economy of Hip Hop culture, antiracist education and education reform in Black communities, and comparative studies between the United States and Ghana focusing on youth and young adult involvement in current social and political movements. Ms. Thomas has been to Ghana twice to study cultural traditions with the Department of Africology Study Abroad Program.
Email: cjthomas@uwm.edu
Office: Pearse B57
Phone: (414) 229-5568


Benjamin Wendorf

Mr. Wendorf has a B.A. in History and English from UW-Green Bay and an M.A. in History from UW-Milwaukee.
Email: bwendorf@uwm.edu
Office: MIT 220
Phone: (414) 229-4842