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Kim D. Butler
Position: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Africana Studies
Areas of Specialization: African diaspora studies; Brazil; Latin America/Caribbean

Kim D. Butler, Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University in 1995, and holds M.A.s in History from Johns Hopkins and Howard Universities. She is a historian specializing in African diaspora studies with a focus on Brazil and Latin America/Caribbean. Two of her courses, "Afro-Atlantic Diaspora" and "Afro-Brazilian History" engage students with diaspora studies directly. Dr. Butler also brings her training in material and oral history, and her curating experience at the Smithsonian Institution, to a special course in Advanced Methodologies for Africana Studies Research. As a member of the graduate faculty in History, Dr. Butler teaches a graduate colloquium in African diaspora studies as well. Professor Butler is the author of Freedoms Given, Freedoms Won: Afro-Brazilians in Post-Abolition Sao Paulo and Salvador, winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora History from the American Historical Association, and the Letitia Woods Brown Publication Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians. She has published numerous articles on Afro-Brazilian history and, more recently, diaspora theory. Her current work applies advances in diaspora studies to new interpretations of African diaspora history.

Recent Publications include:

“Carnival, Culture and Black Citizenship in Post-Abolition Bahia,” in Scott Ickes and Berndt Reiter, eds. Brazil’s Black Mecca. MSU Press, 2018.

“Masquerading Africa in the Carnival of Salvador Bahia, Brazil, 1895-1905,”African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 10:2 (2017), 203-227.

"Slavery in the Age of Emancipation: Victims and Rebels in Brazil's Late Nineteenth Century Domestic Trade," Journal of Black Studies, 2011.

"Interrogating Diasporas in Dialogue: The Jewish Diaspora's Relationship to African Diaspora Scholarship," in Nergis Canefe and William Safran, eds., The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm: Politics, Religion and Belonging.  Mellen Press, 2011.

"Clio and the Griot: The African Diaspora in the Discipline of History," in Tejumola Olaniyan and James Sweet, eds., The African Diaspora and the Disciplines.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

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