Nafeesah is a writer and independent researcher with a particular interest in migration, literature, gender identity, and diaspora studies within the global South. She is completing a full-length book with Palgrave tentatively titled, “Indo-Mozambicans: Competing Decolonization in the Lusophone Indian Ocean.” In late 2020 she launched blackhistorybookshelf.com, an online book review website that highlights global Black histories organized by language, location, and theme.
In 2019, Nafeesah Allen completed her Ph.D. in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. 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 completed a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009 and graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2006. Her research specializations include post-colonial studies, African and Indian Diasporas, Iberian colonization, Lusophone histories, geopolitical diversity, as well as race and social policy. Originally from New Jersey, she has lived in Spain, India, Mozambique, Angola, and South Africa. She speaks four languages (reads in three), but primarily publishes in English. Her writing placements range from popular trade magazines to academic journals.
She is currently accepting commissioned work for hire in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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