Committee Chair

Suzanne Nimoh is an MA student in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. She is a critical and feminist geographer studying race, colonialism, and memory in the Spanish Caribbean. I co-advise Suzie with Dr. Caroline Faria, and we collaborate as well through the Feminist Geography Collective at UT Austin.

Committee Member

Libby McClure is a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Libby’s work is focused on the ways in which historical and structural inequalities produce health disparities. She seeks involvement in social and environmental justice-focused research that both critically complicates traditional study of health and illness while also supporting social change. Libby and I are collaborating on a health study of former Alcoa workers and their families, assessing the associations of toxic exposure with disease outcomes and mortality, and race and gender disparities.

Deidre Zoll is a PhD Candidate in Community & Regional Planning at UT Austin. Her research examines the relationship between race, class and climate adaptation projects in U.S. cities. Deidre and I are collaborating on a project titled “Urban Planning for An Uncertain Future” with Robert Paterson and Miriam Solis that recently won a Planet Texas 2050 grant.

Candice Lyons received her B.A. in Philosophy from UT Austin in 2012 and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the same institution in 2017. She spent several years as a middle school English Language Arts instructor and is currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin. Her research interests include African American 19th Century history, slave narratives, Black queer theory and Black feminist theory.

Ruth Matamoros Mercado is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Institute of Latin American Studies in UT Austin. She is interested in indigenous people land rights struggles in Nicaragua and Honduras. Her research examines the cultural vision of indigenous People regarding land and natural resources in the context of ongoing colonization.

Khyree Davis is a Black queer southerner and PhD student in African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin. In addition to being a passionate home cook and poet, their research interest are in Black queer and trans studies, Black geographies, decolonial and feminist geopolitics, popular culture, and performance ethnographies. 

Daelena Tinnin is a 2nd year PhD student in Media Studies in the Radio-Television-Film Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research explores black feminist theories of the human and performances of black female subjectivity in media and other cultural production.

Nnenna Odim is a doctoral student in the area of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Blending influences of more-than-human species relations, her research focuses on socio-cultural influences, Indigenous knowledges, and inquiry-driven interactions in early childhood.


Joshua Reason is an MA candidate in Latin American Studies. Joshua researches how Black LGBTQI+ Brazilians navigate urban space in Salvador da Bahia. Through digital mapping, ethnography, and performance studies, Joshua highlights both individual and collective senses of Black LGBTQI+ place within the city.