Latoya Beck

Ph.D. candidate

M.A., African American Studies
LaToya received her B.A. (cum laude) in International Studies and a Certificate in International Journalism from Hamline University in 2003. Her work focuses on issues of performance, Diaspora, and representation in India and on the commodification and circulation of Afro-Indian performance and religious aesthetics in the global market of folk and tribal culture. Her current dissertation project titled, Performing Racial Identity in Postcolonial India: Sidis, Blackness, and Diaspora, is an ethnographic exploration of the constitution of subjectivity and African Diaspora in India. It considers the ways in which members of the Afro-Indian community known as Sidis use performance to make a place for themselves within the social fabric of Gujarat, India.