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Rachel Afi Quinn

Susan J. Rasmussen

Assistant Professor
Comparative Cultural Studies
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

624 Agnes Arnold Hall


Rachel Afi Quinn received her Ph.D. from the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan in 2012, after which she served as a postdoctoral fellow and then visiting faculty in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Houston. At University of Houston she has coordinated colloquia on gender-based violence in the South Asian community (2014), the Chicana feminist archive (2015) and more. Dr. Quinn’s scholarship focuses on race, mixed race identities, gender, and sexuality in the African Diaspora and she employs tools of transnational feminist theory, including ethnography and visual culture in her research. Her first book project, Ya Somos Americanizadas: Dominican Women's Transnational Identities in Santo Domingo is an interdisciplinary cultural studies project that explores the impact of neoliberal development and US popular media on Dominican women 's identities. Dr. Quinn has also worked in documentary film production and distribution; her most recent film collaboration, Cimarron Spirit (2015), examines the African roots of Dominican traditions during Easter week.


  • Ph.D. in American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A. in American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A in African American Studies (concentration in Cultural Anthropology), Wesleyan University, Middletown

Research Interests

  • Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Dominicanidad
  • African Diaspora Studies
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies
  • Race & Visual Culture
  • Female Masculinities

Selected Publications

“‘No tienes que entenderlo, solo respetalo’: Xiomara Fortuna, Racism, Feminism and Other Forces in the Dominican Republic” in The Black Scholar (Vol. 45, No. 3). 2015.

“This Bridge Called the Internet: Black Lesbian Feminist Organizing in Santo Domingo” in Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Cheryl R. Rodriguez, and Dzodzi Tsikata. Lexington Books. 2015.

“The Combination of the Two,” in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, edited by Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson, 133-137. Toronto, ON: Inanna Publications and Education Inc. 2010.

Pedagogical Approach

“In my courses, students become active and critical readers and thinkers by getting out of their comfort zones when examining the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, disability and more. I use film and fiction in my courses as I guide students in becoming curious researchers eager to apply new knowledges and theories. I strongly encourage students to attend on-campus programming and off-campus activities in order to become active and engaged members of their communities.”

UH Courses

  • Introduction to Global and International Studies (GIS2350)
  • Gender, Society & Feminist Theory (WGSS3350/ANTH3347)
  • Feminist Theory and Methodology (WGSS6301)
  • Gender and Transnational Studies
  • Brown Girls, Brown Stories: Black Female Protagonists in Novels and Films


  • More information about the film Cimarrón Spirit can be found at
  • #Ferguson [A Resource Page] on the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies website.

Curriculum Vitae