Visiting Scholars

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For information about the African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program’s opportunities for Visiting Scholars, please contact us at (617) 353-2795 or


Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar, 2023 – 25

Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Yale University
M.A., Ethnomusicology, Yale University
M.Phil., Ethnomusicology, Yale University
Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement, École Normale de Musique de Paris
B.M., Music Performance, School of Music, Ithaca College

Jacqueline (Lin) Georgis is a postdoctoral associate with the Society of Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences at BU, with affiliations with African American and Black Diaspora Studies and the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Department. Prior to coming to BU, Lin has held teaching positions in the music departments at College of the Holy Cross (2022-2023) and Tufts University (Spring 2022), where she’s taught a wide range of courses, from seminars such as
“Beats of the Black Atlantic” to larger lecture courses like “Topics in World Music” and “American Popular Song.”

Her doctoral dissertation, “Batida of the Diaspora”, examines ideas of cultural hybridity and transnational exchange within the Lusophone-Atlantic. Through the lens of “batida”, a contemporary African-inspired electronic dance music created in Lisbon, Portugal, Lin traces the roots and development of Luso-African music in Lisbon from the mid-20th century to today, investigating the ways in which local producers, DJs, and record label managers have created alternative spaces of Afro-diasporic cultural expression and visibility. You can read her work in Sonic Signatures (2023), an edited volume on the phenomenon of migrant and mobile music-making at night. She is currently working on a book on the late Cape Verdean singer, Cesária Évora, which is to be published as part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 African Popular Music Series.

When she’s not teaching or doing research, Lin enjoys making music! As a classically trained cellist, Lin has been a member of various orchestras, from the Orchestra Lamoureux in Paris to local orchestras in Boston, including The Du Bois Orchestra and the Apollo Ensemble of Boston.


BU Visiting Scholar, 2023 – 24

Education: B.A., English Composition, Ohio Wesleyan University; M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park; Ph.D., English Language and Literature with a focus on African American Literature and Culture, University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Koritha Mitchell is author of the award-winning book Living with Lynching and author of the 2020 book From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture. She is also editor of Frances E. W. Harper’s 1892 novel Iola Leroy and editor of Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the first book-length autobiography by a formerly enslaved woman. She has been a professor of English at Ohio State University for eighteen years. As a visiting scholar, she will conduct her teaching and research in community with BU students, staff, and faculty. Her public commentary has appeared in outlets such as Time, CNN, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, NBC News, PBS Newshour, and NPR’s Morning Edition. Online, she’s @ProfKori.

Ilya Utekhin

BU Visiting Scholar, Fall 2022
Education: BA and MA in General Linguistics, St.Petersburg State University, PhD in Anthropology from the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Ilya Utekhin is Professor of Anthropology, European University at St.Petersburg, Russia.

Oluwadunni Talabi

BU Visiting Scholar, Spring 2022
Education: B.A. in English Studies (Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria); M.A. in National and Transnational Studies (Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet, Muenster, Germany); 3rd year PhD researcher with focus on Gender and Black Studies (Universitaet Bremen, Bremen, Germany)

Eduardo Possidonio

BU Visiting Scholar, 2018 – 19
Education: Master in History fromUniversidade Salgado de Oliveira – UNIVERSO. PhD candidate in History at Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.

Ariane Carvalho da Cruz

BU Visiting Scholar, Fall 2017
Education: Graduated and Masters in History from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. PhD student at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Kayla Wheeler

BU Visiting Scholar, 2017- 18
Education: B.A. in Religious Studies and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University; M.A. in Islam and the West from Queen Mary University of London; Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of Iowa.

Elena Pajaro Peres

BU Visiting Scholar, 2013 – 14

Education: B.A. University of Sao Paulo, Brasil; M.A. University of Sao Paulo, Brasil; Ph.D. University of Sao Paulo, Brasil; Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute for Brazilian Studies, University of Sao Paulo; Scholarship FAPESP (The State of São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil).

Gaétan Maret

BU Visiting Scholar, 2011 – 12
Education: B.A., M.A., University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Harcourt Fuller

BU Visiting Scholar, 2008 – 10
Education: B.A. The City College of New York/CUNY; M.A. The City College of New York; M.Sc. The London School of Economics; Ph.D. The London School of Economics.

Nirlene Nepomuceno

BU Visiting Scholar, 2008 – 09
Education: BJournalism, Colleges Integrated Augusto Motta; M.A., Pontifical Catholic University, Ph.D. candidate, Pontifical Catholic University, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Theodore R. Life

BU Visiting Scholar, Fall 2006
Education: B.A. Tufts University; PGD, University of Ibadan; MFA, New York University

Chisato Hotta

BU Visiting Scholar, 2004 – 06
Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of Chicago