Cassandra A.W. Osei

 Cassandra Osei

Contact Information

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


I am a doctoral student 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 works to investigate the gendered, racial, and regional dynamics in Brazilian social movements in the twentieth century, through the experiences of black women. With funding from the Fulbright-Hays and the Lemann Institute, I will complete fieldwork towards my dissertation in Brazil's southeastern and southern regions in 2019 - 2020.


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