Christen Smith is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora and Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. She researches engendered anti-Black state violence and Black community responses to it in Brazil and the Americas. Her work primarily focuses on transnational anti-Black police violence, Black liberation struggles, the paradox of Black citizenship in the Americas, and the dialectic between the enjoyment of Black culture and the killing of Black people. Her book, Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil uses the lens of performance to examine the immediate and long-term impact of police violence on the Black population of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and the grassroots movement to denounce and end this violence. Her more recent, comparative work examines the lingering, deadly impact of police violence on black women in Brazil and the U.S.
Spring 2015, The Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop will engage the theme, "Black Death and Violence." This quarter's faculty curator is Cathy J. Cohen (University of Chicago, Department of Political Science).