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Dr. Watufani M. Poe (pronouns: he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose work lies at the intersection of Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, History, and Education focusing intently on questions such as the connections of the Black diaspora, Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Social Justice Movements. His manuscript project, "Resisting Fragmentation: The Embodied Politics of Black Queer Worldmaking" is an ethnohistoric analysis of Black LGBTQ+ social and political activism in Brazil and the United States to outline the ways Black LGBTQ people push for freedom across various social and political movement spaces.
Dr. Poe earned his PhD in Africana Studies from Brown University in May of 2021, his Masters in History and Africana Studies in 2018 from Brown, and his Bachelors of the Arts in Black Studies from Swarthmore College in 2013. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he served as a Center for Humanistic Inquiry Postdoctoral Fellow at Amherst College from 2021-2022, placed in the Department of Black Studies and the Program in Latinx and Latin American Studies.