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Kia Lilly Caldwell, Ph.D. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Kia Lilly Caldwell, Ph.D. Kia Lilly Caldwell, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts and Sciences | UNC-Chapel Hill


Professor Caldwell examines gender and race in Brazil, black feminism, HIV/AIDS, health policy and human rights.



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Dr. Caldwell's book, "Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity," was published by Rutgers University Press in 2007. She is the co-editor of "Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture," which was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2009. She has published journal articles in "Frontiers," "Transforming Anthropology," "The Journal of Negro Education," "Genero" (Brazil), and "Revista Estudos Feministas" (Brazil). She has conducted HIV
prevention research focusing on African-American young adults and African-American women in North Carolina. Her current book project examines the development of health equity policies focused on gender and race in Brazil. She is the co-director of the African Diaspora Fellows Program, which provides professional development opportunities to middle and high school teachers in North Carolina.

Areas of Expertise (10)

Critical Race Studies

Black Feminism

Gender and Race in Brazil

Afro-Latin Studies

African Diaspora Studies

Diversity in Higher Education

Health Policy

Human Rights



Accomplishments (3)

BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program for Women (professional)


Academic Leadership Program Fellow (professional)

2013, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Black Women in the Academy Symposium, Organizer (professional)

2009, held at UNC's Friday Center

Education (3)

The University of Texas at Austin: Ph.D., Social Anthropology (specialization in African Diaspora Studies)

The University of Texas at Austin: M.A., Latin American Studies

Princeton University: B.A., Romance Languages

Media Appearances (3)

"Ending Maternal Death in the African Diaspora"

Black Women Birthing Justice Blog  online


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Recovering Rio de Janeiro’s black history

The Miami Herald  online


The turning point in government involvement in the question of race, however, can be traced to the previous administration of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, said Kia Caldwell, an associate professor at the Department of African, African American and Disaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“He publicly acknowledged that racism existed in Brazil. That was really the start of the government being involved,’’ she said...

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"MVPs, MVP Moms and Structural Inequalities"

The News & Observer  online


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Event Appearances (2)

"The Alyne Case: An Intersectional Analysis of Gender, Race, and the Human Right to Health in Brazil"

Boston University Lecture  http://worldofideas.wbur.org/2016/02/21/kia


Keynote Address, "Toward an Intersectional Understanding of Health and Human Rights in the Americas"

4th Conference on Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America  Virginia Commonwealth University


Articles (6)

(*BOOK CHAPTER): “Black Women’s Studies in the United States and Brazil: "The Transnational Politics of Knowledge Production" Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil,

Edited by Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“The Role of Relationship Type, Risk Perception, and Condom Use in Middle Socioeconomic Status Black Women’s HIV-prevention Strategies” Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

By Kia Caldwell and Allison Matthews

(*BOOK CHAPTER): “Advocating for Citizenship and and Social Justice: Black Women Activists in Brazil” The Public and The Private: Latin American Women’s Movements

Edited by Nathalie Lebon and Elizabeth Maier, Rutgers University Press.

(*BOOK CHAPTER): “Collectivity and Comparativity: A Feminist Approach to Citizenship” Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Culture, Activism, and Knowledge Production

Chapter by Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya Ramirez and Lok Siu. Book edited by Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya Ramirez and Lok Siu. Palgrave Macmillan.

(*BOOK CHAPTER): “Transnational Black Feminism in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Brazil” New Social Movements in the African Diaspora

Edited by Leith Mullings. Palgrave Macmiillan.

(*BOOK CHAPTER): "Intersectional Health Policy in Brazil: Race and Gender as Determinants of Health and Wellness” The Intersectional Approach: Transforming Women’s and Gender Studies through Race, Class, and Gender

Edited by Michele T. Berger and Kathleen Guidroz. University of North Carolina Press.