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Tanya Saunders - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Tanya Saunders Tanya Saunders

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Tanya Saunders is interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora, throughout the Americas, use the arts as a tool for social change.


Tanya Saunders is interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora, throughout the Americas, use the arts as a tool for social change. Her current project analyzes urban arts-based social movements and grassroots-based urban alternative education movements in Brazil.

Areas of Expertise (10)

Sociology of Culture

Social Identity

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Comparative Sociology

African Diaspora Studies

Latin American Studies

Coloniality Studies

Critical Queer Theory/Queer of Color Critique

Postcolonial Studies

Sociology of Art

Media Appearances (3)

8 Black, queer activists you should know now

The Grio  online


Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is an associate professor at the University of Florida, teaching in their Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Saunders is a sociologist who explores the way the African diaspora, throughout the Americas, uses the arts as a tool for social change.

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LGBTQ+ faculty discuss steps toward a more inclusive UF

The Independent Florida Alligator  online


Some staff and faculty members who have only been at UF for a few years say they still notice a difference in comfort across campus as it relates to LGBTQ+ identifying individuals—like Tanya Saunders, associate professor at the center for Latin American studies, who also uses ‘they/them’ pronouns.

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Afro-Latinx panel urges students and faculty to engage in ‘ten seconds of courage’

UF News  online


Other speakers at the event included Tanya Saunders from the Center for Latin American Studies, Diana Moreno from the MCDA division and student panelist Deionté Harvey.

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Articles (1)

Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignty, by Ana-Maurine Lara

New West Indian Guide

Tanya L. Saunders


This book is an important contribution to multiple fields of study dedicated to decolonization, broadly speaking, and to decolonizing epistemes specifically. In her strategically written ethnographic text, Ana-Maurine Lara shows how the attempt at colonial conquest continues throughout the Americas and how we often miss a reality right in clear view: that there are Afro-Indigenous ways of knowing and being in the world that continue to rival the hegemony of a Eurocentric Western system with global designs.

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Tanya Saunders Publication



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Patria y Vida: Race, Class & Artists' Protests in Cuba Dr.Tanya Saunders: Cultures of Sexual Diversity in Latin America Jan. 31, 2014


Languages (3)

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Affiliations (9)

  • American Sociological Association : Member
  • American Studies Association : Member
  • Association of Black Sociologists : Member
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide Study of the African Diaspora : Member
  • Caribbean Studies Association : Member
  • Caribbean Philosophical Association : Member
  • Latin American Studies Association : Member
  • Sociologists for Women in Society : Member
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems : Member