Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga (she/they)
Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate Summer 2018)
Regional Focus: Latin America and the Caribbean/Abya Yala; México
Research Content: Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga's dissertation, titled We Dance With Existence: Black-Indigenous Placemaking in the Land Known as México and Beyond, illuminates how Black, Indigenous, and Black-Indigenous women engage in placemaking practices that reveal and unsettle notions of race, place, and (nation-) statehood in México. Merging ethnographic and archival research with theories and methodologies from Anthropology, History, Black Studies, and Native/Indigenous Studies, Agbasoga argues that Black-Indigenous placemaking practices create two critical ruptures: first, in the (re)produced bifurcation of blackness and indigeneity, and second, in the Mexican state's racialization of its territory as mestizo. This work contributes to conversations in Black and Indigenous studies, as well as a long history of Black/Indigenous political movements throughout the hemisphere and globally.