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C Shawn McGuffey 2016

Sociology Associate Professor and AADS Core Faculty, C. Shawn McGuffey is the recipient of the 2016 Kimberle Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. His article is entitled, "Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women's Account of Sexual Assault." Click here for the full citation. 


Anjali Vats

Communication Assistant Professor and AADS Core Faculty, Prof. Anjali Vats is a featured scholar in the UM Diversity Scholars Network for February 2016. Prof. Vat's teaches courses in the areas of race, rhetoric, law and media studies. Her research is focused on rhetorics of race in law and popular culture.

Sonia Chiamaka Okorie

Sonia Chiamaka Okorie traveled to Ghana on an Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship to conduct a research project on malaria prevention as a volunteer with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), a non-governmental organization. As a GHEI field coordinator, she worked with other volunteers and local community health workers on comprehensive surveys that gauged the success of past malaria interventions and identified opportunities for new interventions. Read the BC Chronicle's article and Chiamaka's blog post about her experience in Ghana.

M. Shawn Copeland

Theology Professor and AADS Core Faculty, Prof. M. Shawn Copeland won a first place Catholic Press Award in the category of Best Essay Originating With a Magazine or Newsletter: National General Interest Magazine. She was recognized for her piece "Revisiting Racism" for America Magazine.


Professor C. Shawn McGuffey attended an international conference in Tanzania to discuss Darfurian refugees with African regionally-based experts, policy makers, human rights practitioners, and representatives from the Hague (International Criminal Court). Prof. McGuffey's past research helped inform the ways in which the Darfurian genocide is being handled at the International Criminal Court.

His article with the International Justice Project explores attitudes in South Africa after Sudanese President Bashir was allowed to leave the country.

Rhonda Frederick

Boston College Libraries features Prof. Rhonda Frederick’s article, "Making Jamaican Love: Colin Channer's Waiting in Vain and Romance-ified Diaspora Identities."

Conflict Bodies

Professor Jean Charles' recent publication, Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary was featured by the Boston College Libraries. Watch the full interview.

Prof. Cynthia Young

Professor Cynthia Young’s article entitled “Black Ops: Black Masculinity and the War on Terror” was published in the American Quarterly. 

Blacks in America

'Blacks in Boston' Returns to BC

The daylong event, "Blacks in Boston: Black...and Immigrant," will be a revival of AADS's "Blacks in Boston" conference series, last held on campus in 2000. More than 250 attendees will gather in Gasson 100 to hear 11 presentations that explore black immigration from cultural, historical, legal, personal, political, public health, and social perspectives.

BC News article

Full schedule of events and participants

Voices of the Diaspora

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