Sheryl Felecia Means, PhD (she/her)

Sheryl Felecia Means, PhD (she/her)

Dr. Sheryl Felecia Means holds a BA in English Literature from Spelman College and earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences, Philosophical and Cultural Inquiry from the University of Kentucky in May 2018. Her doctoral research focused on Black racial identity formation at Steve Biko Cultural Institute in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Currently (2021), Means is a postdoctoral fellow in Africana Studies at University of New Mexico. Means’ research interests include Afro-Latin America, racial identity formation, and anti-blackness. 

Her most recent publications are “The Steve Biko Cultural Institute: Exploring Black Identity through a U.S. Lens” published in the Journal of Black Studies; “Bikudas: Hair, Aesthetic, and Bodily Perspectives from Women in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil” in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal; and “Exploring ethno-racial policy for the Garinagu in Central America: making a case for Black Indigeneity” in AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. Forthcoming publications include “Pervasive Whiteness vs. Black Women in Academia”, to be published in Neely and Montañez’ Dismantling Constructs of Whiteness in Higher Education: Narratives of Resistance from the Academy

Means is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is originally from Newark, New Jersey.

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