Arselyne Chery is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. She is also an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies. Her dissertation explores the entangled politics of race, gender, power, and kinship in the Caribbean, as depicted in twentieth and twentieth-first century Caribbean diaspora literature. Her fields of interest include African American literature, Anglophone Caribbean literature, African Diaspora literature, Black Feminisms, and Postcolonial studies. Arselyne is a first-generation college and graduate student. She holds a (en-route) M.A. in English from the University of Virginia (2023) and a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Africana Studies from Williams College (2021). In the 2023-24 academic year, Arselyne served as co-organizer of UVA English’s interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium where the 2024 theme was Intimacies. In Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, Arselyne also served as Vice President of the Graduate English Student Association (GESA) at UVA.
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