Nicosia Shakes

Nicosia Shakes

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Department/Affiliation: Africana Studies
Phone: 330-263-2054
Office Address: 001 Kauke


  • PhD., Africana Studies, Brown University, 2017
  • M.A., Africana Studies, Brown University, 2016
  • MSc., Government, University of the West Indies, Mona, 2003
  • BSc., Political Science, University of the West Indies, Mona, 2000

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Africana Studies
  • Feminism, Gender and Sexual Politics in the Caribbean
  • Africana Women's Theatre in the 21st Century

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • The National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize, 2017
  • The Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, Brown University, 2017
  • Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize for an Outstanding Dissertation in the Area of Feminist Studies, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, 2017
  • The George Houston Bass Award for Academic and Artistic Excellence, Rites and Reason Theatre, Africana Studies, Brown University, 2016
  • Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2014-2015

Research Interests

Africana feminisms, gender and sexuality; Africana activist theatre in West and Southern Africa, North America and the Caribbean with a current focus on women’s theatre in Jamaica and South Africa; the Black radical tradition in the Americas.

Recent Publications

Book Chapters and Essays

“The Radical Aesthetic of Sistren Theatre Collective.” In Caribbean Reasonings: Rupert Lewis and the Black Intellectual Tradition, Eds. Clinton Hutton, Jermaine McCalpin and Maziki Thame. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2017.

“History and Drama in C.L.R. James’ Toussaint L’Ouverture.” The C.L.R. James Journal 23rd Anniversary Issue, Nos. 1 & 2 (2014): 38-60.

 “In Search of Garvey’s Genealogy: A Preliminary Analysis.” Jamaica Journal 33 No. 3 (2012): 30-59.

Book Reviews

“Review of Wycliffe Bennett and Hazel Bennett, ‘The Jamaican Theatre: Highlights of the Performing Arts in the Twentieth Century.’ ” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters. 38 No. 5 (2016): 1194-1197.

“Review of Tina M. Campt, ‘Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe’.” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters 37 No. 1 (2014): 169-171.

Recent Theatre Productions (2016-2018)

Writer, Afiba and Her Daughters, directed by Brian Heap. The Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, Kingston, Jamaica. In pre-production for May 2018.

Writer, Afiba and Her Daughters, directed by John Emigh. Rites and Reason Theatre, Brown University, Providence, RI. May 2016.

Performer, Song for the Beloved, curated by Honor Ford-Smith, Anique J. Jordan, Kara Springer, Cammille Turner. Encuentro eXcéntrico: "Cuerpos, soberanías y disidencias." Tenth Annual Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Santiago, Chile, July 2016.

Professional Affiliations/Service

  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • Friends of Liberty Hall (Marcus Garvey) Foundation, Jamaica
  • National Women’s Studies Association