Nafeesah Allen graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2006 and completed a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009. Her specializations included Latin American languages and literature, as well as race and social policy; she was granted an Institute of Latin American Studies fellowship to pursue research on cultural and political representation of Brazil’s African Diaspora in the late 20th century. In 2013, she completed a postgraduate diploma in Folklore & Cultural Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India. She received IGNOU’s Gold Medal for meritorious academic performance for her ethnographic thesis on women of the Indian Diaspora. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Additionally, Nafeesah is a writer with a particular interest in literature and diaspora studies within the global South. She also considers herself a third generation self-taught photographer, with a focus on travel photography and cultural imagery.

She is a native of Newark, New Jersey, USA and has lived in India, Mozambique & Spain.

Photo Credit: Allan McCready