Tanya Saunders

Associate Professor
Center for Latin American Studies

Research Interests

Sociology of Culture, Social Identity (Race, Gender, Sexuality), Critical Queer Theory/Queer of Color Critique, African Diaspora Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Coloniality Studies, Sociology of Art, Comparative Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociology of Music, Qualitative Research Methods, Sociological Theory, Comparative Sociology, Postcolonial Studies

Geographic Expertise

Cuba, Brazil

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora, throughout the Americas, use the arts as a central tool for social change. As a 2011-2012 Fulbright scholar to Brazil, she began work on her current project which analyzes urban arts-based social movements and grassroots-based urban alternative education movements in Brazil. Dr. Saunders holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of International Development Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Her new book on Cuban Underground Hip Hop can be found Here.

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