Global Blackness

AAAS primary and secondary faculty will be speaking about their work and how it ties into the theme of Global Blackness. 



Patricia Northover

Senior Fellow
University of the West Indies

Patricia Northover specializes in economic philosophy and critical development studies. She is a Senior Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, at the University of the West Indies, Mona (SALISES, UWI) and Chair of the sustainable rural and agricultural development research cluster at SALISES, Mona (see,  Dr. Northover is an alumnus of the University of the West Indies, where she completed her first degree in Economics and Management, with first class honors as well as her MSc in Social Sciences from the Consortium Graduate School.  She also completed MPhil and Doctoral degrees in economics at the University of Cambridge and has been a Fellow, at Girton College, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Mellon Fellow Professor, at Duke University.

She is the co-editor of the journal Cultural Dynamics and the author and co-author of several articles, book chapters and edited volumes on the philosophy of economics, cultural dynamics, economic growth, climate change and Caribbean development, as well as on the Negritude movement and the racial philosophy of place.  Her work has been published in the South Atlantic Quarterly, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Cultural Dynamics, Global South, Caribbean Dialogue, Small States Digest and Social and Economic Studies.  She is currently completing the production of 2 film series on the history of the sugar industry of Jamaica, the first,  a  four part adult documentary  entitled  “Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica” and the second a whimsical children’s animation series, (4 episodes) called Ms Sugga.

Dr. Northover is a collaborator on the Race, Space, Place Project launched by Prof. Michaeline Crichlow, (Duke University) which seeks to offer critical multidisciplinary dialogue on the intersection of these forces and host academic dialogue as well as other forms of reflection on the making and unmaking of freedoms in the Atlantic and beyond, (see,

She has published with Michaeline Crichlow, Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Her forthcoming book publications include: Race and Rurality in the Global Economy, coedited with professors Michealine Crichlow and Juan Guisti Cordero (SUNY PRESS); and Modern Growth Theory: A Critical Philosophical Perspective (ROUTLEDGE).

Uri McMillan

Associate Professor of English
University of California, Los Angeles

Uri McMillan is a cultural historian who researches and writes in the interstices between black cultural studies, performance studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. His first book, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU, 2015) is on black performance art, objecthood, and avatars staged by black women artists. He has published articles on performance art, digital media, hip-hop, photography, and nineteenth-century performance cultures in varied arenas such as Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and e-misferica (all are available for download at In addition, he has lectured at art museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum, and published numerous essays on black contemporary art for the Studio Museum of Harlem. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. 

Fatimah Jackson

Professor of Biology; Director, W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory
Howard University

Fatimah Linda Collier Jackson is an African American biologist and anthropologist. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She was a professor of biological anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She now teaches at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She became professor emerita of applied biological anthropology at the University of Maryland after teaching there for 20 years.[4] She is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award from the University of Maryland in 1995.

Global Blackness
March 23, 2017 to March 25, 2017
SSRI at Erwin Mill, Room A103