Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows
Race, Racism, and Inequality
The area of Race, Racism, and Inequality focuses on fellows who carry out research to understand the wide-ranging impacts of racism and discrimination. This research covers historical and present-day effects, examining how racism operates at different levels: in institutions, systems, structures, and on an individual level. Fellows come from diverse fields like humanities, social sciences, and professional areas such as business, criminal justice, education, media, public policy, and more. Their work delves into various aspects, including family dynamics, environmental justice, labor, law, urban planning, and beyond. The goal is to comprehensively examine the deep-rooted issues of race, racism, and inequality in order to contribute to a fairer and more just society.
Baba Badji is a Senegalese/American poet, translator, and a comparatist whose multi-dimensional research studies Transnational Black Cultures, Critical Translation, and Poetry. Dr. Badji obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His work pursues an interdisciplinary analysis of Négritude that allows for a recognizing of the differences of people, cultures, and the systems of colonization within Africa and beyond.
Eun-Jin Keish Kim studies im/migration, diaspora, and feminist (dis)abilities focusing on queer and undocumented im/migration. She approaches history and literature through a transnational and multidisciplinary lens. Her work emphasizes social justice, women of color feminism, and undocuqueer episteme.
Marisol Marroquín is a social worker with extensive clinical practice and research experience, which overall aims to improve health and mental health equity for historically marginalized communities, in particular for communities that are Latinx and autistic. Dr. Marroquín uses innovative strategies to collaborate with and highlight the voices of the Latinx and neurodiverse communities.
Evelyn Saavedra Autry’s research creates a conversation between various fields of knowledge, particularly Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies, literature, cultural studies on (de)coloniality, and gender studies through the analysis of a specific identity experience: Andean women’s identity formation.
Teona Williams is a critical human geographer who specializes in Black and Indigenous Geographies and Black ecologies. Her research and work show how a focus on the histories of rural Black women re-map the contours of antiblackness, the Black Radical Tradition, ecological degradation, and settler colonialism.
Kareem K.M. Willis is a social justice scholar-practitioner who explores the underlying social equity and social justice issues defined within public administration, nonprofit management, leadership, and philanthropy. His recent research project, Sustaining Safe Spaces, directly engaged social justice philanthropy to assess how the philanthropic community hinders or advances social justice work.