IRT Alumni Publications

2021 Cohort

Barbara Ofosu-Somuah, IRT ‘21 translated the introduction in Italian of the book, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, written by Saidiya Hartman.

2018 Cohort

Joy Houlder, IRT ’18
Calvin Dreams
-written and published by Joy Houlder

Calvin Dreams: And that he will be bigger than the moon!


2017 Cohort

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, IRT ’17
Strut– Agape Editions
Layla’s Happiness – Enchanted Lion Books

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2014 and 2015 Cohort

Tashal Brown, IRT ’14  and Eliana Castro, IRT ’15 contributed to the article, The Impossibility of Being “Perfect and White”: Black Girls’ Racialized and Gendered Schooling Experiences, first published in the American Educational Research Journal.

2014 Cohort

Jonathan Cortez, IRT’14
The Age of Encampment: Race, Migration, Surveillance, and the Power of Spatial Scripts, 1933-1950
-Brown University, 2021

Rachel Ansong, IRT ’14
Bull City Press, 2022

2013 Cohort

Kat J. Stephens, IRT ’13
Kat’s piece “Just a Unicorn” is included in a JCSCORE special issue entitled, “Disability Justice, Race & Education.” Listen to Kat read her poem on YouTube –

2011 Cohort

Elizabeth Gil, IRT ’11
Chapter in The Race Controversy in American Education, titled “A Racial Opportunity Cost Analysis of Charter Schools and Parental Involvement”
– Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC

Aria Halliday, IRT ’11
Buy Black  – How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture, has been added to the University of Illinois Press.

“Envisioning Black Girls Futures: Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda Feminism and New Understandings of Black Girl Sexuality in Popular Culture”
– Black Girlhood issue of the journal – Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

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Annita Hetoevėhotohke’e Lucchesi, IRT’11

2010 Cohort

Cecilia Caballero, IRT ’10

Co-authored, The Chicana Motherwork Anthology
-The University of Arizona Press, 2019

Chelsea Frazier, IRT ‘10
Chelsea’s “Black Feminist Ecological Thought: A Manifesto,” has been published in the second edition of the edited volume Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

2009 Cohort

Eliana Castro, IRT ’09

Changing the Narrative on Diversifying the Teaching Workforce: A Look at Historical and Contemporary Factors That Inform Recruitment and Retention of Teachers of Color”
– Journal of Teacher Education, December 4, 201

Sakeena Everett, IRT ’09
 Article, “Untold Stories” : Cultivating Consequential Writing with a Black Male Student through a Critical Approach to Metaphor.

2008 Cohort

Donavan Ramon, IRT ’08
Curated, edited and introduced a special collection commemorated the 90th Anniversary of the publication of Nella Larsen’s Passing.
-South Atlantic Review


Desmond Delk, IRT ’08
I Love My SSU
-Mascot Books, 2012

2007 Cohort

Tamiko Beyer, IRT ’07
We Come Elemental
-Alice James Books

Sami Schalk, IRT ’07
Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction
-Duke University Press, 2018

2006 Cohort

Teresa Irene Gonzales, IRT’06
Building a Better Chicago: Race and Community Resistance to Urban Development
-New York University Press, 2021
“Ratchet-Rasquache Activism: Aesthetic and Discursive Frames within Chicago-based women-of-color activism”
“Semillas de Justicia: Chicana Environmentalism in Chicago”
-Chapter for Latinas and the Politics of Urban Spaces, Sharon Navarro and Lillian Saldana (eds.) New York, NY: Routledge (2020)
“So Fresh Saturdays: Public Events and Building Collective Action”
-Everyday Sociology Reader, Karen Sternheimer (ed). New York, NY: W.W> Norton

2005 Cohort

Awendela Grantham, IRT ’05
The Africana Experience: We’ve Come Thus Far
 – Great River Learning

TROPES: Church Politics & Its Impact on The Black Female Identity-Independently published

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About the Book/Author:
Dr. Grantham dismantles tropes in the Black Church Movement. A trope is a recurrent theme which conditions the public to believe it.  She uncovers how tropes influence church politics with dangerous consequences.  They impact black women’s identity in the Church and cause havoc in their lives.  She frames her personal story in the context of African American History and warns readers about how to stay out of deception! Dr. Grantham’s research focuses on how social identities are developed in the context of religious and political movements, and on how we can use that information for social activism.

Monica Muňoz Martinez, IRT ’05
The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas
 – Harvard University Press

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Francis Tobienne, Jr., IRT ’05

  • The Position of Magic in selected Medieval Spanish Texts
    -Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Occultus: the hidden and macabre in literature & film
  • Mandeville’s Travails: merging travel, theory and commentary-Delaware UP

2004 Cohort

Bettina Judd, IRT ’04
 – Black Lawrence Press

Michelle Purdy, IRT ’04

  • Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools
     – University of North Carolina Press
  • co-edited a volume – Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History

Orly Clergé, IRT ’04 
 The New Noir: Race, Identity & Diaspora in Black Suburbia 
-University of California Press, 2019 (winner of the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in the ASA Culture Section, and SSSP C. Wright Mills Book Award finalist) 

Ernest Gibson, IRT ’04
Salvific Manhood: James Baldwin’s Novelization of Male Intimacy
-University of Nebraska Press, 2019

2003 Cohort

Jennifer Johnson, IRT ’03
The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism
 –  University of Pennsylvania Press

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Treva Lindsey, IRT ’03
America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women and the Struggle for Justice
-University of California Press

2002 Cohort

André Carrington, IRT ’02
Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction
 – University of Minnesota Press

Uri McMillan, IRT ’02
Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance
 – NYU Press

LaKisha Simmons, IRT ’02
Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans
 – UNC Press

Shively T.J. Smith, IRT ’02
Strangers to Family: Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household
 – Baylor University Press

Sean Frederick Forbes, IRT ’02
Providencia: A Book of Poems
-The University of Chicago Press, 2013

2001 Cohort

Daniel Peña, IRT ’01
 – Arte Publico Press

Safe Home
Winner of The Pushcart Prize

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Alexander Aviña, IRT ’01
“Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside”
-Oxford University Press, 2014

2000 Cohort

Reginald Jackson, IRT ’00
Textures of Mourning
 – University of Michigan Press

Read the author’s commentary: jackson commentary_textures of mourning

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1999 Cohort

Alejandro Velasco, IRT ’99
Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela
 – University of California Press

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R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, IRT ’99
Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling
-Stanford University Press, 2014

Angelique Bey, IRT ’99
Jammin’ Jerone! The lamb who played the saxophone
-CreateSpace, 2008

1998 Cohort

Keisha-Khan Perry, IRT ’98
Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil

-University of Minnesota Press, 2013

Reginald Wilburn, IRT ’98
Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Approaching Milton in Early African American Literature
-Duquesne University Press, 2014

1996 Cohort

Angela Batista, IRT ’96
Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways and Success
-NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Angie Cruz, IRT ‘96
Dominicana: A Novel
-Flatiron Books, 2019
Let it Rain Coffee
-Simon Schuster, 2006
-Simon Schuster, 2002

1995 Cohort

Tiffany Gill, IRT ’95


George Sheldon, IRT ’95
Trauma and Race: A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity
-Baylor University Press, 2016

1994 Cohort

Tavia Nyong’o, IRT’ 94, ’96
Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life
-NYU Press, 2018

Kevin Noble Maillard, IRT ’94
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
-Roaring Book Press, 2019

1993 Cohort

Oneka LaBennett, IRT ’93
She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn
-NYU Press, 2011

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