Adjoa Osei

Dr Adjoa Osei is a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.  She is a cultural historian whose research is actively interdisciplinary, exploring themes that are at the intersection of Performing Arts, Brazilian Studies, Afro-Latin American Studies, and Francophone Studies.  She completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool in Latin American Studies.

Prior to this, she undertook an MPhil at the University of Oxford in Portuguese Studies, funded by the Ertegun Scholarship in the Humanities, achieving a Distinction; and she completed a BA Hons in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Kings College London, University of London, achieving a First Class Honours with Distinction.  She is a linguist, working in both Portuguese and French.  Her research has also been published in the major refereed journal Atlantic Studies. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Library of Congress, Washington DC from 2018–2019 in recognition of the originality of her research.

Adjoa’s research is comparative and transnational in a broad Atlantic frame, exploring race in the context of Latin America, with particular focus on racialized and gendered experiences in art and performance in early-twentieth-century Brazil; and within Francophone Studies, concentrating on representations of race in artistic modernism in early-twentieth-century France and the USA. She is committed to working across languages and challenging Anglocentric approaches in Arts and Humanities research. As a BBC New Generation Thinker, Adjoa has a growing portfolio of public engagement and media work.