Ph.D. candidate

Ianna earned her BA in Africana Studies from CUNY Hunter College where she graduated as the valedictorian in 2008. While at Hunter she was a Mellon Mays fellow, a Macaulay Honors scholar, organized with a popular education activist group called All City, and worked for the anti- police and hate violence working group of the Audre Lorde Project. Ianna received her MA in African American Studies from UC Berkeley in 2010 and is currently working on her PhD in African Diaspora Studies. Her areas of interest include diaspora theory, critical whiteness studies, sexuality studies, and failure. Ianna has been published in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal (2007); co-authored in Reclamations (2010); and has a forthcoming chapter on asexuality and race in the edited volume Asexualities. She has also blogged for Tikkun Daily on Bay Area struggles for black life. Ianna's graduate study is supported by the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellowship and by the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study. In her spare time Ianna enjoys performing poetry, rock climbing, and studying Welsh.