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Lia T. Bascomb is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University. Her current research projects investigate popular culture as a site of national identity formation in the Caribbean; gender, belonging, and land rights in diasporic settlement and its literary representations; genealogies of the black female body in visual images of the Caribbean; and the role of the “freak” in building a diasporic identity in black American music.

Nadège T. Clitandre is an assistant professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, at Santa Barbara. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she is the founder of Haiti Soleil. Her research focuses on theoretical frameworks of the African diaspora, issues of migration and displacement, and transnationalism, with a particular focus on Haiti and Haitian diasporic literature. She is currently completing a book on the writings of Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat.

Florencia V. Cornet teaches in the Opportunity Scholars and the Latin American Studies programs at the University of South Carolina—Columbia. Her specializations include Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino/a cultures, gender studies in global perspective, and studies in global blackness. Dr. Cornet is currently working on a book, Caribbean Diaspora and US Afro-Latina/o Performativities.

Karen Flynn is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of African-American Studies program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include migration and travel, Black Canada, health, popular culture, feminist, Diasporic and postcolonial studies. In 2013, Dr. Flynn’s book Moving Beyond Borders: Black Canadian and Caribbean women in the African Canadian Diaspora won the the Lavina L. Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing. Dr. Flynn has also published numerous editorials in Share, Now Magazine, and the Toronto Star. She was also a freelance writer for Canada [End Page 216] Extra, and most recently for, where she wrote passionately about contemporary issues considering issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and nation.

Christine Germain teaches writing at University North Carolina at Charlotte in the University Writing Programs. She attended Columbia University and Cornell University and is currently at work on a book of short stories.

Felix Germain is an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Germain’s research interest include racism, gender relations, and Caribbean and African migration to Europe and the United States. He has published articles in the Journal of Contemporary Thought, The Journal of Black Studies, The Journal of African American Studies, and French Historical Studies. He is currently completing a book project on the African Diaspora in postwar France.

Consuelo Martínez-Reyes studied comparative literature at the University of Puerto Rico, and completed her doctoral degree in romance languages (Spanish) at the University of Pennsylvania. She also received an MFA in creative writing in Spanish from New York University. She currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, where she analyzes constructions of Puerto Rican identity through media and performance. [End Page 217]



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