Ufahamu Editors Content

Ufahamu Editors Content


2020-2021 Editorial Board



Talia Lieber: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Art History (M.A. Art History, UCLA, 2019; B.A., Art History and International Relations, Tufts University, 2013). Current research: historic and contemporary Rwandan art, arts of eastern Africa, museum studies.

Rebecca Wolff:
Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of Art History (M.A., Art History, Columbia University, 2014; B.A., English Honors and Art History, University of Texas at Austin, 2011). Current research: modern and contemporary African art, art and armed conflict.


Degenhart Brown: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

Amy Crum: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Art History (M.A., Art History, Tulane University, 2019; B.A., Art History, UCLA, 2012).

Connor Hamm: Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of Art History (M.A. Modern Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 2017; B.A. Art History, University of Georgia, 2015). Current research: Global Modern and Contemporary Art, Visual and Environmental Studies, Social and Political functions of Art.

Amira Hassnaoui: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 2017; B.A., English Literature and Civilization, Institut Superier des Sciences Humaines de Tunis, 2011). Current research: the Tunisian trance healing-music rituals stambeli and banga in the context of post-Revolutionary Tunisia, folklore, youth activism, feminism, social change, ethnomusicology, and anthropology focusing on Tunisian popular culture. 

Nick Havey: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Higher Education and Organizational Change (M.A. Higher Education, UCLA, 2019; M.A., Higher Education, University of Arizona, 2018; B.A., Spanish and Portuguese, University of Arizona, 2016; BSHS, Physiology, University of Arizona 2016). Current research: campus politics, critical whiteness, and social movements in education.

Samuel Lamontagne: Ph.D Candidate, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology (M.A. Anthropology, EHESS-Paris, 2015). Current research: Music across the African diaspora. Dissertation on Los Angeles hip-hop and electronic music scenes. 

Alex Oloo: M.A., UCLA, African Studies. 

Brisa Smith Flores: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (Masters of Liberal Arts, Cert. Cultural Heritage Management, University of Pennsylvania, 2018; B.A., Art History, History, and Global and International Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016). Current research: Decolonial/Postcolonial Theory, African Diaspora Studies, Latin American Studies, Museum Studies. 

Elaine Sullivan: Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (M.A., Culture and Performance, UCLA, 2015; B.A., Art History and English, Yale, 2010). Current research: contemporary African art in ethnographic museums, Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Joanna Szupinska-Myers: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Art History (M.A. Art History, UCLA, 2019; M.A. Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, 2010; B.A., Art, UCLA, 2004). Current research: art and photography of the former Soviet Bloc, museum studies. 

Arts Editor:

Ava Katarina Tabatabai Hess: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Art History (M. Sc.Visual, Material & Museum Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2014; B.A. Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies, Columbia University, 2012). Current research: South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA), narrative Islamic art, histories of trans-Saharan connectivity, decolonial theory, critical museum studies. 

Book Review Editors:

Lucas Avidan: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology (M.A. Ethnomusicology, UCLA, 2019; B.A. Music and English, Middlebury College, 2015). Current research: popular music in Tanzania, social media, music as archive.

Alexis Rae: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Sociology (M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2018; B.A. International Affairs-Political Science, UC San Diego, 2014). Current research: War and Political Violence, Elections, Political Participation, Gender, East Africa. 

Previous Editors-in-Chief:

Janice Levi: Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of History (M.A., African Studies, Indiana University, 2011; B.A., History, University of Oklahoma, 2007). Current research: Judaism in West Africa, Identity Studies, Memory Studies, Material Culture.

Nana Osei-Opare: Ph.D., UCLA Department of History (M.A., History, Stanford University, 2011; A.B. with Honors, History, Stanford University, 2011). Current research: Intellectual African History, Nkrumaism, Ghana, Convention People's Party, State Capitalism, Modernization, Soviet Influences upon Africa and African influences upon the Soviet Union, & Intellectual Networks.

Madina Thiam: Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of History (B.A., History and International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2012). Current research: the West African Sahel, Islam, mobility and freedom, global history, microhistory.


*Image: Founding editors Teshome Gabriel and Sondra Hale

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014