Prisca Gayles

At Williams since 2018

Areas of Expertise

Race and ethnicity in Latin America, Emotions and social movements, Sociology of Race, the African diaspora in Argentina, Migration and citizenship, Black Feminist Theory, Afro-Latin American feminisms. My research focuses on the diverse ways that blackness is politicized across the African diaspora and used as a tool to demand racial justice and equality. Taking Argentina as a case study, my current project examines how emotions matter in understanding transnational black social movements.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Gayles, P.  and D. Ghogomu. 2017. “The Social Economy of Africans and African Descendants in Buenos Aires.” Pg. 119-142, in The Black Social Economy in the Americas: Exploring Diverse Community-based Markets. Edited by Caroline Hossein. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Annechiarico M., D. Brazão, P. Gayles and D. Ghogomu. 2016. “Argentina is Black, too: Reimagining the Makings of a Nation.” Pg. 135-142, in Sounds and Colours: Argentina. Edited by Russ Slater.  New York/London: Sounds and Colours.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

UT-Austin, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, Intermediate Portuguese (2019)

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship (2018, declined).

Fulbright-Hays, Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, Argentina (2017, declined).

Fulbright IIE, U.S. Open Study Grant, Argentina (2017-2018)

UT-Austin, International Research Scholarship, International Office (2017)

UT-Austin, Argentine Studies Program Fieldwork Grant, Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (2017)

UT-Austin, Tinker Field Research Grant, Institute of Latin American Studies (2016)

Charles W. Hackett Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Latin American Studies, Pan American Round Table of Austin (2016)

UT-Austin, The Graduate School, Recruitment Fellowship (2014)


Professional Affiliations

Association of Black Sociologists (ABS)

American Sociological Association (ASA).

Afro-Latin American Studies Group (GEALA) at the University of Buenos Aires.

Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Afrodescendants Working Group, University of South Florida.