Imani Wadud

PhD Candidate
Chancellor Doctoral Fellow
Primary office:
2611 Wescoe


Imani A. Wadud grew up in the D.C. Metropolitan area and is the mother of two. She’s organized and participated in feminist, antiracist, and immigrant rights initiatives during the ten years she lived in Regensburg, Germany where she received an M.A. in European-American Studies in 2015.

Currently, Imani is a doctoral student in the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas and is a 2015 Chancellor Doctoral Fellow. Wadud’s current research is interdisciplinary in nature, primarily utilizing a black visual culture and performance studies lens. By choosing modes of inquiry that intersect with improvisation theory and oral history research methods, she situates her work alongside scholars who prioritize minoritized experiences in the U.S. through an anti-colonial approach in order to gauge how community-based and participatory projects can interrupt white supremacist visual imperatives locally, nationally and transnationally. How can discussions around what we see and hear animate analysis on Black liberation politics and the material effects of those processes outside of the academy? Imani continues to examine how art as non-oppositional contestation functions within civil society as a mode of social commentary and specifically how these types of projects are firmly rooted in populist aesthetic traditions.


Announcements
  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • Congratulations to Christopher Perreira for receiving the National Academies Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for 2017-2018.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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