Celina de Sá

Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Celina de Sá is a Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow in African and African American Studies and a Lecturer in Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She earned her PhD with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the legacies of racial formation, colonialism and the slave trade in urban francophone West Africa and beyond. She is more specifically interested in the ways in which contemporary African contexts and agents recast, critique, and engage with the black Atlantic. She is currently working on her first book project, Becoming Diasporically African: The Cultural Politics of West African Capoeira, that looks at a network of martial arts groups in Senegal, the Gambia, Togo, Benin and the Ivory Coast.


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Selected Publications

  • “Protective Flow: Capoeira and Black Masculinity in Postcolonial West Africa.” The Black Scholar, Special Issue: Black Masculinities and the Matter of Vulnerability (forthcoming 2019).

  • “Film Review of Haile Gerima’s ‘Teza’.” African Studies Review 57(3): 252-254 (2014). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.