Cassandra A.W. Osei

 Cassandra Osei

Contact Information

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

Research Interests

  • Brazil
  • African Diaspora in Latin America
  • Race Relations
  • Modern Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Urban History
  • Social Geographies of Race

Research Description

I am doctoral student studying twentieth century Brazil and modern Latin American history. My research interests include race relations in Brazil, Afro-Brazilian movements, and African Diaspora in Latin America & the Caribbean. My dissertation project is invested in questions of Afro-Brazilian community resiliency at the intersections of city planning and architecture, migration, and race and ethnicity in mid-century urban Brazil. I focus especially on the cities of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais and Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.

Education

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

Grants

  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (Portuguese), 2017-18
  • Department Pre-Dissertation Grant (History), Summer 2017
  • Department Fellowship (History), 2016-17
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (Portuguese), Summer 2016
  • Tinker Fellowship (Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies), Summer 2016
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (Portuguese), 2015-16