Alumni Panel


Dr. Javiela Evangelista

Javiela Evangelista is an Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at New York City College of Technology one of the campuses of The City University of New York (CUNY). 

As a public anthropologist Evangelista engages in participatory research that counters inequalities, particularly at the intersections of citizenship and racialization in the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. She is developing her book manuscript, an ethnographic analysis of the largest case of mass statelessness in the western hemisphere, the contemporary denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. This research has been supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities at Harvard University, a Faculty Fellowship at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics (CPCP) and the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY Foundation. 

Evangelista is a Faculty Affiliate with the Immigration Initiative at Harvard University. She also serves as one of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) observers and member of the Declaration of Human Rights Draft Committee for the American Anthropological Association (AAA). 


She received her PhD in Anthropology from the Graduate Center, CUNY and her MA from the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.


Bryan Guichardo

CUNY Graduate Center - History PhD | Major Field: Latin American History | Minor Field: US History |

Degrees Conferred: BA in Anthropology and Black Studies, CUNY City College of New York, 2019

Research Interests: Modern Dominican Republic; Spanish Caribbean intellectual and cultural history;  transnational history; the state, nationality, and modernity; social movements; race and ideology; diaspora politics; Global South radical projects

Dissertation Topic: The New Wave Movement, Historical Production, and State Opposition after Trujillo in the Dominican Republic


Dr. Shanna Jean-Baptiste

Shanna Jean-Baptiste is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of French and a Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. She earned a joint PhD in French and African American Studies from Yale University in 2020. Her research and teaching interests include Francophone West African and Caribbean literatures, particularly Haitian literature; identity formation and gender politics; visual art and music; and Afrofuturist aesthetics in the Francophone world. She is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled (Un)Belonging: Aliens in Haitian Literature, that charts a literary history of national belonging and unbelonging and traces a genealogy of anticolonial and anti-imperial discourses in nineteenth-century Haitian literature and history. Starting fall of 2021, Shanna will join the Department of French at Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor.


Dr. Fadila Habchi

Fadila Habchi received her B.A from the City College of New York and her PhD from Yale University. Her research explores the literature, culture  and history of the African diaspora in the Caribbean and in Europe. She examines the relationship between space, race, gender and literature, colonial history, postcolonial memory and contemporary decolonial movements. Her current project investigates memory projects of the Algerian war of liberation and of anti-slavery struggles in Martinique and in France.

Before joining the faculty at Yale, she taught in the Women and Gender Studies department at Northern Arizona University. She was also the Interim Dean at Branford College and at Grace Hopper College.

At Yale, she teaches courses in comparative ethnic studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, Caribbean literature, and postcolonial urban thought.