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Asha Best

Asha Best

Assistant Professor, Geography
Director, Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies

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Kefiana Kabati

Kefiana Kabati, CAPM

Operations Manager and Assistant to Program Directors
Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies

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Kefiana Kabati is a certified associate project manager who is interested in fostering “in-between” spaces that converge disciplines, identities, languages, and geographies to generate new knowledge.

Outside of her time at Clark, Kefiana seeks to decolonize the hierarchy of languages by teaching Swahili online and to high school students at the Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound program in Worcester, MA.

Kefiana holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Communications from Clark University, in which her research focused on the sociology of language in schools in the United States and East Africa.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Translating poetry in an after-school program: A case for a pedagogy of multiliteracies,” American Educational Research Association, 2017 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Critical Translations: Dominant Narratives and Productive Struggle through Poetry and Art,” 37th Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, February 2016
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