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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.

Industry Expertise (1)


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 (5)

Epistemologia negra sapatão como vetor de uma práxis humana libertária


Nesse ensaio, a autora oferece algumas reflexões sobre como uma epistemologia negra sapatão pode ser um dos pontos produtivos para pensar uma teoria de liberação decolonial. A autora coloca que a definição do “Humano” está baseada no processo colonial através do qual a elite do mundo ocidental entrou no projeto de definir quem é um ser humano e quem não é.

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Negro Soy Yo: Hip Hop and Raced Citizenship in Neoliberal Cuba, written by Marc D. Perry

New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids

Negro Soy Yo is a strong first-hand account of the emergence and decline of one of the most socially influential critical arts scenes in Cuba’s recent history. It reads as a reflective memoir, tracing the emergence and decline of Cuban underground hip hop via Marc Perry’s experiences with Cuba’s hip hop scene. He reflects on his conversations and encounters with artists during a moment of profound change when Cuba’s posteconomic crisis was ending via State liberalization of the economy.

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Towards a transnational hip-hop feminist liberatory praxis: a view from the Americas

Social Identities

The author argues that hip-hop feminism has come to a point where it needs to take a transnationalist turn if it is going to realize its potential to be a twenty-first century feminist praxis. The author highlights how people speaking from a U.S. American context inadvertently become a global referent for anti-oppression movements and subjectivities. Unfortunately, by virtue of being in one of the centers of global power, becoming a global referent of anti-oppression has the potential to distort and even render invisible the realities of Black women throughout the Americas.

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Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil

Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews

In Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil, Keisha-Khan Y. Perry analyzes land-rights social movements in Brazil. Perry’s focus is on the urban land-rights movement of the Gamboa de Baixo neighborhood in Salvador, Bahia, the site of her field research. Through her ethnographic fieldwork, she realizes that the landrights organizations in Gamboa de Baixo, like many land-rights movements in Brazil, are largely organized and led by women—in this case, black women—whose experiences and activism are often unrecognized in the documentation of grassroots social movements.

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Social Stigma and Sexual Epidemics: Dangerous Dynamics

Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews

In Social Stigma and Sexual Epidemics: Dangerous Dynamics, Bronwen Lichtenstein begins with a discussion about what sparked her interest in the relationship between social stigma and sexual epidemics. The author’s interest in the topic began with a course she taught at the University of Alabama on HIV/AIDS. During the discussion of HIV/AIDS rates within the southern African American population, she was both intrigued by how HIV/AIDS was understood in national and local discourses, which she argues both reinforces the geographical stigma of the US South as backwards and deviant, as well as racist perceptions of African American sexuality.

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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