Camille C. Dantzler*

Howard University


Received Sylff Fellowship in 2018-2020
Academic supervisor: Dr. Mbye Cham
Current Affiliation: Kean University

Academic Achievements, Social Engagement Initiatives:
Kean University College of Liberal Arts Research Grant Recipient, Ghana and Rwanda Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship, Rwanda
African Studies Association-Royal Air Maroc Student Travel Award Recipient, Morocco Ernest E.
Just-Percy L. Julian Graduate Research Assistantship, Rwanda
African Studies and Research Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipient, San Diego, CA
African Studies and Research Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipient, Germany
Frederick Douglass Doctoral Fellowship 2014-2017
The Ohio State University Gwen H. Kagey Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Social Engagements
Alternate Committee Member, Kean University Institutional Review Board (2023-), Curator and Editor, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security Art Forum, “Africa, African Diaspora, and Indigenous Women Digital Art Exhibitions” Series (2023-), Campus Life and Community Concerns Task Force, Liberal Arts Adjunct Representative (2020-2021); College Assembly, Middlesex County College, Edison Doctoral Mentor, Peer Mentor, and SisterMentors Ambassador; SisterMentors (2015-), Washington

Dr. Camille Dantzler is a researcher with an expertise in African film and literature, gender studies, art and culture policy, digital humanities, and critical trauma studies. Dantzler is a 2022-2024 Equity in Action Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Kean University in the Department of History and Africana Program. Her research centers on Central-East African film and history as sites of contested space in the exercise of political autonomy. The use of filmic expression as a critical and creative pathway to understanding gendered realities in postconflict contexts has been a primary focus to examine media discourse as historiographical indicators of governance and civil society. More broadly, current and future work lies in women and gender studies, film studies, digital and new media studies, migration studies, and developmental policy in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Currently, she is also an Image Research consultant for Howard University’s America’s Voices Against Apartheid Exhibition. The exhibition will initially launch at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg in 2023 and subsequently travel to HBCUs and HDIs in the US.

Previously, Dantzler served as a 2022 Library of Congress Junior Fellow in Enhancing Access: Creative Digital Projects for to create their autoethno-genealogical project, “Buy the Route: Black Labor Ecologies of the Dantzler Plantation from the Civil War through World War II” on African Diaspora migration experiences through forced intrastate and Atlantic movement in the Americas. She also served as a Symposium Co-Convenor for Rutgers University’s Afrofeminist Ecologies: Relations, Disruptions and Futures in 2022 and as a Trauma-informed Digital Storytelling Instructor for the Children's Defense Fund where she designed and facilitated classes centered on the use of digital storytelling and trauma-informed, evidence-based practices for the Youth Voices Storytelling Fellowship.

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