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Affiliated Department or Office
Center for Antiracist Research @ Boston University
PhD Afro-American Studies, UMass-Amherst, 2017
Cert. African Diaspora Studies, UMass-Amherst, 2017
Cert. Latin American, Caribbean, & Latino Studies, UMass-Amherst, 2017
MA Afro-American Studies, UMass-Amherst, 2014
MFA Creative Writing (Prose), Emerson College-Boston, 2001
MA English, Texas A&M University-College Station, 1996
BS Computer Science, Southern University-Baton Rouge, 1992

Trent Masiki is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. His research interests focus on the social, historical, and intercultural ties that bind African Americans to other communities of African descent in the US, Africa, and the African diaspora. His research and teaching have been funded by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University, and the Fulbright Scholar program. His forthcoming book, The Afro-Latino Memoir: Race, Ethnicity, and Literary Interculturalism (UNC Press 2023), examines African American cultural, political, and literary influences in Afro-Latino memoirs published after the advent of the Black Arts movement. 


Scholarly Work

“'Any place is better than here': Afro-Zionism in the Science Fiction of Ray Bradbury and Derrick Bell." College Language Association Journal 63.1
“Ambiguous Seductions: Doppelgangers, Suciogenesis, and the Mask of Tíguerismo in Junot Díaz’s ‘Drown’ and ‘Miss Lora.’” MELUS 43.4
“The Satyr, the Goddess, and the Oriental Cast: Subversive Classicism in Charles W. Chesnutt’s ‘The Goophered Grapevine’ and ‘Po' Sandy.’” African American Review 49.4
"Academic Visual Identity (AVI): An Act of Symbolic Leadership." Journal of Marketing for Higher Education 21.1
Professional Highlights & Honors
NEH Summer Stipend Grant
National Endowment for the Humanities
Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellow
Amherst College
Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grant
Boston University Arts Initiative | Office of the Provost
Postdoctoral Scholar
Kilachand Honors College | Boston University
Five College Graduate Student Du Bois Fellowship
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Fulbright U.S. Scholar
Department of English | Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí in Panama