Cassandra Osei

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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
Race & Ethnicity
Gender & Sexuality
Digital Humanities

Research Description

My dissertation researches the particularities of black life amidst urban change in São Paulo in the mid-twentieth century, with attention to class, gender, and migration. My field research in 2019 - 2020 is supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship and the Lemann Graduate Fellowship.


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