Shamara is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Africana Studies Department at Brown University. She earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a M.S. Ed. in Childhood Education from Hunter College. As a recipient of the Fulbright, Pembroke, Watson, and Hiemark grants, she conducted multimedia ethnographic research with Rastafari women in Ghana and Jamaica over the past ten years. Her dissertation maps the intellectual histories and activism of Rastafari women in Jamaica and Ghana.
She is interested in the ways Rastafari women create transgeographic anti-oppressive communities through daily anti-colonial acts. She is particularly interested in thinking through ways that Rastafari women use spirituality and self-making to articulate new symbolic and material orders premised upon sovereignty and freedom even in the context of neocolonial/neoliberal deployments of white supremacy, anti-Black genocide, and gendered racism.