Have you met our newest faculty members?

January 22, 2024

Have you met our newest faculty members?

Red banners with faces of new faculty members

Now three weeks into the spring semester, have you had the chance to meet our newest faculty members, who joined us in August?

Sam with black jacket in front of white building


Sam is an Associate Professor of Art History and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory. Her work has been published in e-flux, Artforum, Art Journal, ASAP/J, and October. She has written catalogue essays for Sadie Barnette, Betye Saar, Rashid Johnson, Faith Ringgold, Kambui Olujimi, Sable Elyse Smith, and Zachary Fabri. She is the recipient of the 2021 Art Journal award for her article "Blackouts and Other Visual Escapes." Her book, Death's Futurity: The Visual Life of Black Power (Duke University Press, 2023) examines the ways artists and activists reconceptualized death as a generative visual and political force in the Black Power era.

Maya with her dog


Maya is an interdisciplinary scholar of Feminist Science and Technology Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, who is passionate about understanding the relations of power that hold our technoscientific worlds together, while imagining the futures of social justice that might yet come. She joins us as the Department as a Provost’s “Fellow to Faculty” member, working at the intersections of Race, Health Equity, and Science and Technology Studies. In 2025, Maya will become an Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies. Prior to her arrival to Ohio State, Maya was received her PhD in Cultural Studies from UC Davis, having previously attended the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University, and lectured at Stanford University.

Liliana with sunglasses and red carnation


A cultural anthropologist by training, Liliana uses ethnography and critical STS approaches to study technology. She is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation, Beyond Make-Do Innovation: Practices and Politics of Technological Improvisation in Brazil. Her research has appeared in American Anthropologist and Third World Quarterly, among other platforms. Outside academia, she enjoys dancing, going to the movies, and keeping up with the latest controversies in science and tech. 

Zach with glasses and dark polo


A broadly comparative Afro-Latin American historian focusing primarily on Brazil in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Zach joins us most recently from Penn State University. His first book, Legacy of the Lash: Race and Corporal Punishment in the Brazilian Navy and the Atlantic World (Indiana University Press, 2014) examines resistance among Afro-Brazilian sailors to the treatment they endured at the hands of the Brazilian state. He is currently undergoing a broader examination of state and institutional coercion (including the army, navy, legislature, police force, apprenticeship schools, and orphanages) of free Afro-Brazilian people into forced labor preceding and during the breakdown of Atlantic slavery in the nineteenth century. Zach’s peer-reviewed work has been published in The Journal of Black Studies, The Americas, The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Oxford Bibliographies Online, and in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Brazilian History and Culture

fabian with large plaid shirt

fabian is a P’urhepécha poet-scholar. They got their P.h.D. in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department with a certificate in American Indian Studies at the University of Washington in 2023. fabian’s work explores the manifestations of colonial heteropatriarchy in contemporary mestizo P’urhépecha heritage family structures in Michoacán and the diaspora.