Kwame Dixon

Assistant Professor, African American Studies

Kwame Dixon

Contact Information

Sims Hall 200

Courtesy Appointment, Political Science


Ph.D., Clark-Atlanta University, 1996


Latin America and the Caribbean, Afro-politics and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, human rights and civil society, social movements, racialization and identity


Human Rights in the Americas
Caribbean Societies since Independence
Civil Rights in the Age of Obama


Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America: The University Press of Florida, 2012 (Co-editor) Dr. John Burdick, Department of Anthropology – Syracuse University)


a. “Racial Discrimination and Human Rights in the Global Context: The International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination,” Sociology Compass (Fall 2010)

b. “Afro-Cinema in Latin America: a new cultural renaissance,” e-misférica – a Journal of Performance and Politics in the Americas, number 5.2 (2008)

c. “Transnational Social Movements and the Struggle for Human Rights: The Case of Afro-Colombians,” in Rethinking Social Movements: Resistance, Power and Democracy in Post Neoliberal Era, Edited by Harry Vanden, Richard Stahler-Sholk and Glen Kuecker (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

d. “Where is Sara Gomez,” SCOPE – A Journal of Critical Film Studies October 2007.

e. “The Intersection of Race, International Affairs and US Foreign Policy: How African Americans have influenced and constructed US foreign policy,” in Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century, Clearance Lusane (Praeger: 2006).

f. “Paris is Burning: Post Industrial Social Insurrections and the Wretched of the Earth,” Black Commentator: November 17, 2005

g. “Sketches of Spain: Race, Justice and the Struggle for Human Rights” American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES) EU Center of Excellence: November, 2005, Washington, DC

h. “Afro-Colombians and the Struggle for Human Rights” Wadabagei – Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora, Special Issue on the Black presence in Latin, Volume 8, Number 1, Winter 2005

i. “Discriminación Racial y Derechos Humanos: Los derechos de los No-Ciudadanos” (Racial Discrimination and Human Rights: The Rights of Non – Citizens,): Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos, número 23-24, Fall 2003

j. The Politics of Latin America: The Power Game, Harry Vanden and Gary Prevost (Chapter 4) New York, Oxford University Press 2002

k. “Police Brutality and Human Rights in the United States,” Amnesty International USA. February 2000.


Research Interests

Currently I am research/writing a book length manuscript on Afro-Politics and Civil Society in Brazil: The Case of Salvador, Brazil.

Research Grants and Awards

a. Humanities Faculty Fellowship (awarded by Syracuse University), Afro-Politics and Civil Society in Brazil: The Case of Salvador, Brazil. Provides Research support and teaching release for spring 2013.

b. Imagining America Grant: For interdisciplinary teaching and research for a new course entitled Jazz, Human Rights and Cultural Democracy (awarded spring 2011for fall 2012)

c. US State Department Travel Grant and Specialist Program:
Country: Ecuador September 17 – 23 2011 ‘Human Rights in the Americas.’ These were a series of lectures sponsored by the US State Department focusing on human rights and democracy in the Americas delivered at several Ecuadorian universities and NGOs.

d. Faculty Research Fellow, ‘The African American Freedom Struggle and Civil Rights,’ Harvard University Summer 2011, National Education for the Humanities (NEH):