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  • Akissi Britton
  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Department of Africana Studies
  • Areas of Specialization: intersections of race, gender, and African diasporic religions, specifically Orisa/Lucumí tradition; Black feminisms; diaspora/Black Atlantic theory; gentrification and neoliberal urban development; and the importance of the digital in the study of diasporic communities

Akissi Britton, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), with certificates in Women’s Studies and Africana Studies. Her research interests, broadly defined, are on the intersections of race, gender, and African diasporic religions, specifically Orisa/Lucumí tradition; Black feminisms; diaspora/Black Atlantic theory; gentrification and neoliberal urban development; and the importance of the digital in the study of diasporic communities. She is currently preparing her book manuscript, tentatively titled The Children of Cotton: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Lucumí Religion, which is an ethnographic examination of African American practitioners of Lucumí/Santería religion and their interactions with other practitioners of the various denominations of Orisa traditions throughout the African Diaspora.