Chamara Jewel Kwakye

  • Asisstant Professor
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Gender & Women's Studies
207 Breckinridge
(859) 218-1772
Research Interests:
Availability
Spring 2016: Wednesday 1pm-3pm
Education

Ph.D., Education Policy Studies, University of Illinois, 2011
M. Ed., Education, University of Southern California, 2003
B.A., Ethnic Studies & Sociology, University of California at Riverside, 2001

Biography

Chamara (Sh' Mar-Rah) Jewel Kwakye (Kwaa-Chee) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her research analyzes historic and contemporary educational experiences of Black Women and Girls. She emphasizes the interdisciplinary relationship between race, gender, sexuality, diaspora and education by asking not only how these things reframe Women’s Studies and African American Studies, but also what insights African American Studies & Women’s Studies might bring to transnational studies and educational critique in particular. She is committed to crafting research and pedagogy that centers the voices of Black women and youth in the African diaspora and exploring their lived realities via ethnography, life histories, archival research and performance. This is most mostly clear seen in her co-authored/co-edited book Wish to Live: The Hip-hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader and her current monograph tentatively titled, Loud Silence: Queering and Decolonizing the Academy. Her teaching expertise spans four disciplines: Women’s Studies, Education, African
American Studies and History. Prior to coming to UK, she served as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also worked as an independent educational policy consultant/analyst.

Selected Publications: 

Book Manuscript:

Loud Silence: Queering and Decolonizing the Academy (In progress)

Edited Volumes:

Wish to Live: The Hip-Hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader, Ruth Nicole Brown & Chamara Jewel Kwakye (eds.), Peter Lang Publishing (September 2012).

Peer Reviewed Articles:

"Loud Silence: Performing the Reserch Interview" Qualitative Reserch Journal, RMIT Publishing (Vol. 11(2) 2011)

Book Chapters, Book Reviews and Service Related Puplications:

“Dr. Theresa Bayarea: Dancing to Make Freedom” in The Hip Hop and Critical Pedagogy Reader, Ruth Nicole Brown (ed.), Peter Lang Publishing (2012).

“Black Women Oral History Project (Radcliffe College)” in Encyclopedia of African American Education, Kofi Lomotey (ed.), Sage Publications. (October 2009).

“Black Oral History Collection (Washington State University)” co-authored with Christopher Span, in Encyclopedia of African American Education, Kofi Lomotey (ed.), Sage Publications. (October 2009).

"Hanson, Mary McLeod Betune & Black Women's Political Activism" (Book Review) in History of Education Quarterly Vol. 47, issue 4, pp. 514-518.

Past Courses
  • GWS 600 Hip Hop Feminism
  • AAS 200 Introduction to African American Studies

 

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