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2011-2013 Cohort

Arvenita Washington CherryDr. Arvenita Washington Cherry

Language, Literacy & Culture and Africana Studies

Now Professorial Lecturer of Anthropology at American University 

Dr. Washington Cherry received a B.S. in biology and an M.A.T. in Middle/Secondary Biology from Hampton University. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She also earned an M.A. in Public Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice from The American University. As an educational and socio-cultural anthropologist, Dr. Washington Cherry’s research explores the rich diversity of the African Diaspora, with a special focus on people from the Caribbean and Latin America now in the United States in areas highly populated with African Americans and in public school settings. Her dissertation research is entitled Reading, Writing, and Racialization: The Social Construction of Blackness in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

viviano1Dr. Viviana MacManus

Gender & Women’s Studies

Now Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice at Occidental College 

Formally Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at UMBC

Dr. Viviana MacManus received her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego in the Department of Literature. Her research interests lie in 20th-century Latin American literary and cultural studies, and critical gender studies. Dr. MacManus’ work centers on transnational Latin American state violence, gender politics, the politics of memory and the politics of human rights. As a postdoctoral fellow at UMBC, Dr. MacManus has continued her research in these areas and has submitted an article for publication entitled, ” ‘We are not victims, we are protagonists of this history’: Latin American Gender Violence and the Limits of Women’s Rights as Human Rights.” Currently, she is conducting research for an upcoming research trip to Mexico City, where she will interview women who were former participants in the guerrilla movements during Mexico’s “Dirty War.”