Nicosia Shakes

Nicosia Shakes

Assistant Professor - Africana Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office: Kauke 001
Phone: 330-263-2054


  • 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

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

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 gender and sexuality; 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; and popular culture.

Recent Publications

Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican and South African Theatre.Book manuscript under contract with the University of Illinois Press.

Blackness, Birthright and the Battle for Harlem: Intra-Racial Conflict in Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two.” The Black Scholar. Blog. August 2018.

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, 2018.

“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.

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