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Lia T. Bascomb

Lia T. BascombLia T. Bascomb

Lia T. Bascomb is currently an Assistant Professor of African American Studies, and affiliated with the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at Georgia State University.  She is trained as an interdisciplinary black studies scholar with emphases in diaspora theory, visual culture, performance studies, gender and sexuality, and literature. Born to Barbadian immigrants in the U.S., she moved throughout the States before beginning her studies at Yale University.  There she concentrated in African Diaspora Studies with Hazel Carby as her advisor. She went on to the African Diaspora Ph.D. program at UC-Berkeley where she worked with Leigh Raiford, Brandi Catanese, Laura Pérez, and Nadia Ellis. Her scholarly interests focus on representations and performances of nation, gender, and sexuality across the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Anglophone Caribbean. She has published in journals such as Meridians, Souls, Palimpsest, and the Black Scholar. Her first book manuscript, tentatively titled In Plenty and In Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity, is currently under review with the Critical Caribbean Series at Rutgers University Press. She is currently working on her next book project, Finding Home, Repeated Longings.

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