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Professor, Department of African, African American, & Diaspora Studies


A.B., Spanish Literature and Civilization, Princeton University
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Ph.D., Social Anthropology (specialization in African Diaspora Studies), University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests

Kia Lilly Caldwell is a sociocultural anthropologist and Professor of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also the Director of the African Diaspora Fellows Program, which provides professional development in African diaspora studies to middle and high school teachers in North Carolina. Her research focuses on race, gender, black feminism, health policy, and HIV/AIDS in Brazil and the U.S. Her current research focuses on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Black communities in the U.S. and Brazil how Black women have re-envisioned democracy and human rights through activism and office holding across the Americas. She is the author of Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity (Rutgers University Press, 2007) and Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Policy (University of Illinois Press, 2017). She is the co-editor of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (Palgrave, 2009) and Engaging the African Diaspora in K through 12 Teaching (Peter Lang, 2020).