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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

Teaching and Research Interests:

Critical race studies; black feminism; gender and race in Brazil; HIV/AIDS, health policy, and human rights; Afro-Latin studies; African diaspora studies

Current Research:

Dr. Caldwell's most recent book, Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Policy, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2017. Her 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 “Social Science and Medicine,” the “Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships,” “Meridians,” "Frontiers," "Transforming Anthropology," "The Journal of Negro Education," "Genero" (Brazil), and "Revista Estudos Feministas" (Brazil). Dr. Caldwell co-edited a two-part special issue of the journal Meridians on African Descendant Feminisms in Latin America with Sonia E. Alvarez and Agustín Láo-Montes in 2016. 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. Dr. Caldwell has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and the American Psychological Association.

Recent Publications:

Vijaya K. Hogan, Edna M. de Araujo, Kia L. Caldwell, Sarah N. Gonzalez-Nahm, and Kristin Z. Black, “We black women have to kill a lion everyday”: An intersectional analysis of racism and social determinants of health in Brazil," in Social Science & Medicine (online July 2017);

Niasha Fray and Kia Lilly Caldwell. 2017. “Communication Between Middle SES Black Women and Healthcare Providers About HIV Testing.” Journal of the National Mediation Association 109(2): 115-125.

Kia Lilly Caldwell. 2016. “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 Gladys Mitchell-Walthour and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and. 15-25. New York: Palgrave McMillan.

Kia Lilly Caldwell. 2016. “Charting a Path Towards Racial Health Equity in Brazil: Health Activism,
the State, and Policy Development,” National Political Science Review 18(1): 89-109.

Kia Lilly Caldwell. 2016. “Black Feminism and HIV/AIDS in Brazil: Intersections and Ruptures,” Special Issue on Afro-descendant Feminisms in the Americas, Meridians, 14(1): 121-147.