Author Celebration Committee

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Karen FlynnKaren Flynn, Chair

Karen Flynn is an Associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from York University, Toronto, Ontario, in 2003. Her research interests include migration and travel, Black Canada, health, popular culture, feminist, Diasporic and post-colonial studies. Dr. Flynn’s book: Moving Beyond Borders: Black Canadian and Caribbean women in the African Canadian Diaspora published by University of Toronto won the Lavinia L. Dock Award from the American Association of the History of Nursing. She is currently working on a second book project that maps the travel itineraries of young Black EFL teachers across borders.


Kamille Gentles PeartKamille Gentles Peart

Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at RWU. Her pedagogy and scholarship are grounded in critical theory, which aims to make visible structures of oppression and paths to liberation. Her recent work explores racialized beauty ideals and Black women’s positionality in the U.S. She is author of Romance With Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the U.S. (2016). She is also the co-editor of the award-winning anthology, Re-Constructing Place and Space: Media, Power, and Identity in the Constitution of Caribbean Diasporas (2012).