Associate Professor


A.B., Romance Languages, Princeton University; M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin; Ph.D., Social Anthropology (specialization in African Diaspora Studies), University of Texas, Austin.

Teaching Interests:

Critical race studies; Black feminism; Race in Brazil; Afro-Latin Studies; African diaspora studies

Current Research:

Dr. Caldwell's book, Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity was published by Rutgers University Press in 2007. She is the co-editor of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture, which was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2009. She has published journal articles in Frontiers, Transforming Anthropology, The Journal of Negro Education, Genero (Brazil), and Revista Estudos Feministas (Brazil). Her research interests include gender and race in Brazil, Afro-Latin studies, HIV/AIDS, health policy and human rights. She has conducted HIV prevention research focusing on African-American young adults and African-American women in North Carolina. Her current book project examines the development of health equity policies focused on gender and race in Brazil. She is the co-director of the African Diaspora Fellows Program, which provides professional development opportunities to middle and high school teachers in North Carolina.

Selected Publications
• “Black Women’s Studies in the United States and Brazil: The Transnational Politics of Knowledge Production.” In Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil, edited by Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Palgrave McMillan (forthcoming).
• “A militância das mulheres negras e o desenvolvimento do campo de saúde da população negra no Brasil.” In O Movimento de Mulheres Negras no Brasil, edited by Joselina da Silva and Amauri Mendes, 91-105. Belo Horizonte: Nandyala, 2014.
• “Race and Nation in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Brazil,” Latin American Research Review, vol. 6, no. 3, 2011, pp. 201-206.
• “A Institucionalização dos Estudos Sobre a Mulher Negra: Perspectivas dos Estados Unidos e o Brasil,” Revista ABPN-Association of Black Brazilian Researchers, vol. 1, no. 1, 2010, pp. 18-27.
• Kia Lilly Caldwell and Lisa Bowleg, “Mirror Opposites: Examining Race and Socioeconomic Status in HIV/AIDS Research and Policies in Brazil and the United States from an Intersectional Perspective.” In Saúde da População Negra, edited by Luis Eduardo Batista, Jurema Werneck and Fernanda Lopes, 287-302. DP et alii, Brazil, 2011.
• “Advocating for Citizenship and and Social Justice: Black Women Activists in Brazil.” In The Public and The Private: Latin American Women’s Movements, edited by Nathalie Lebon and Elizabeth Maier, 175-186. Rutgers University Press, 2010.
• Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya Ramirez, and Lok Siu. “Collectivity and Comparativity: A Feminist Approach to Citizenship.” In Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Culture, Activism, and Knowledge Production, edited by Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya Ramirez, and Lok Siu, 1-15. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
• “Transnational Black Feminism in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Brazil.” New Social Movements in the African Diaspora, edited by Leith Mullings, 105-120. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
• “Intersectional Health Policy in Brazil: Race and Gender as Determinants of Health and Wellness.” In The Intersectional Approach: Transforming Women’s and Gender Studies through Race, Class, and Gender, edited by Michele T. Berger and Kathleen Guidroz, 118-135. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.