Alumni Accolades, January 2022


University of Massachusetts Sociology Assistant Professor Teresa Gonzales has won Ford Foundation support for her “Joyful Cities” research in Lawrence, MA. Learn more about Gonzales’ professional experience and education.

Photo Credit: Katherine Webster


Congratulations to Aria on her new book Buy Black – How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press) Aria is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and African American and Africana Studies.


Janet is a Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies and English at the University of Virginia. Congratulations! Read more about Janet and her research.

Photo credit: UVA website


Mariahadessa received The 2021 Great Reads Author award by The Rhode Island Center for the Book for her award-winning children’s book Layla’s Happiness. (Enchanted Lion Books; Illustrated edition (November 19, 2019) Mariahadessa is currently a PhD student in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies program at Brown University. She was invited with other amazing authors to join a panel discussion of her work by The Library of Congress National Book Festival. In addition, she has appeared in a documentary Tell Me Another Story released by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and talking about her book with the Director of the Providence Community Library. Congratulations to Mariahadessa on these accomplishments and her great work in children’s publishing.

IRT Alumni Publications – Don’t see your published work listed here? Let us know and we’ll make sure to add it!

IRT alumni are frequently publishing new books, articles, anthologies, and other works, so in an effort to celebrate their collective brilliance we have begun curating a rolling “Alumni Publications” section on the IRT blog.

If you or a fellow alum that you know is about to publish something, or has published something already that isn’t reflected on the blog, please share that information with the IRT office! We would love to see publications shared on the blog that represent every cohort, if possible- and it totally is with your help! Send recommendations of alumni work we can highlight in our “Alumni Publications” blog thread to Janelle BonaseraCoordinator of Partnerships & External Relations.

One thought on “Alumni Accolades, January 2022”

  1. Our community is so highly accomplished, hardly a month goes by where there aren’t some updates to share! Congrats to all!!


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