Elisa Joy White

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Position Title
Associate Professor

2227 Hart Hall

Elisa Joy White, PhD

Twitter: @ElisaJoyWhite

Elisa Joy White is an Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at University of California at Davis. She holds a PhD in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where she also received an MA in African American Studies. She completed an MA in Media Studies at the New School University and a BA in Theatre from Spelman College. Her interdisciplinary research interests and publications address Black European Studies, lesser-examined African Diaspora sites, the social and cultural dimensions of globalization, human rights and new media studies. Reflecting a scholarly commitment to diverse African diaspora communities, her publications include the book, Modernity, Freedom and the African Diaspora: Dublin, New Orleans, Paris (Indiana University Press) and two new chapters in the second edition of They Followed the Trade Winds: African Americans in Hawai’i (University of Hawai‘i Press). She is co-editor of the recent volume, Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness (Palgrave MacMillan). Her current research considers deportations, detention, and borders in relation to African Diaspora communities in Europe, with a particular focus on Spain.




Education and Degree(s)
  • BA, Theatre, Spelman College
  • MA, Media Studies, New School University (New School for Social Research)
  • MA, African American Studies, UC Berkeley
  • PhD, African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley