Cassandra A.W. Osei

 Cassandra Osei

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801


I am a doctoral candidate trained in the fields of Latin American history and African/Diaspora studies. I have also taken coursework in anthropology, sociology, social work, Spanish and Portuguese, African and African American studies, and the digital humanities.

At the University of Kansas, I was a TRiO McNair Scholar, FLAS fellow, Multicultural Scholar, Hall Center Humanities scholar, and distinguished University awardee. I am a proud Midwesterner, first-generation student, and first-generation American.

Research Interests

  • Modern Latin America & the Caribbean
  • African Diaspora in Latin America
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Brazil
  • Digital Humanities

Research Description

My dissertation project studies change in black urban life through the experiences of black women in twentieth century Brazil. With funding from the Fulbright-Hays and the Lemann Institute, I will complete fieldwork towards my dissertation in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul in 2019 - 2020.


  • B.A. History (with Honors) and Latin American & Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas, 2015