Flávia Santos de Araújo

Research Affiliate in Africana Studies

Flàvia Santos de Araújo

Contact & Office Hours

Academic Year 2020–21
Developing research abroad. Please contact by email.

Wright Hall 107


Ph.D., M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.A., B.A., Universidade Federal da Paraíba–Brazil


Flávia Santos de Araújo is a literary and cultural studies scholar with teaching and research interests in African diaspora women’s writings and cultural production. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in Afro-American studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in literature, Portuguese and English, from the Federal University of João Pessoa (Brazil). She is a Fulbright-Brazil Research Fellow (2008–12).

Araújo is currently working on a book project that explores the development of black feminist politics and poetics across the Americas through the study of two iconic black writers: Audre Lorde (U.S./Caribbean) and Miriam Alves (Brazil). Her book connects Lorde’s and Alves’ trajectories as emblematic figures in a larger network of black women artists and intellectuals who crafted black feminist epistemologies from their embodied poetics/politics and social positions as outsiders.

Araújo’s teaching and research involves transnational, intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to the study African Diaspora cultural production and theory. Her pedagogy is shaped by her community-based education training, a social justice framework and embodied learning practices. At Smith, her teaching has included topics on African Diaspora literature and culture, and Afro-descendant feminisms in the Americas. In the fall of 2019, Araújo facilitated the creation of the virtual project “The Body Is Memory: An Exhibition of Black Women Artists.” In that project, students who were enrolled in Araújo’s course Introduction to Black Culture curated nine exhibits featuring the production by black women artists from across the globe in a variety of genres, including pop music, photography, painting, poetry, dance and multimedia art.

Araújo’s profile and publications can also be accessed on her website, ORCID, Google Scholar, and Smith ScholarWorks.

Selected Publications

“Rosana Paulino and the Art of Refazimento: Reconfigurations of the Black Female Body in the Land of Racial Democracy.” Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies (2019).

“‘blessed within my selves’: The Prophetic Visions of Our Lorde.” Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies. Gender Studies (2019).

“Marielle, Presente!” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 17. 1 (2018): 207–211.

“‘bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored’: The Black Female Body as a Metaphysical Dilemma in Ntozake Shange, Sherley Anne Williams and Toni Morrison.” Revista Ártemis 24. 1 (2018): 12–17.

“Beyond the Flesh: Contemporary Representations of the Black Female Body in Afro-Brazilian Literature.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 14. 1 (2016): 148-176.