Kia Caldwell

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Kia Caldwell
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Professor of African and African-American Studies and the Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar in Scholar in Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St Louis

Dr. Kia Lilly Caldwell is the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Caldwell is also the co-founder and director of the African Diaspora Fellows Program, a professional development program for middle and high school teachers created in 2014.  Trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist, her research focuses on race, gender, black feminism, health policy, and HIV/AIDS in Brazil and the U.S.  

Dr. Caldwell 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 also the co-editor of two anthologies, Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (Palgrave, 2009) and Engaging the African Diaspora in K-12 Education (Peter Lang, 2020).  Dr. Caldwell’s articles and essays have been published in numerous U.S. and Brazilian publications.  Dr. Caldwell’s recent interviews and publications on the coronavirus pandemic have been featured on the Real News Network, as well as in the Conversation, the Black Perspectives blog, and in the Brazilian public health journal Saúde em Debate.  Her current research examines how Black women have re-envisioned democracy and human rights through activism and office holding across the Americas.  She is also co-editing an anthology titled, Black Feminisms Beyond Borders:  Cultivating Knowledge, Solidarity, and Liberation.  She has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNC-Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research, and the American Psychological Association. 


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