Sophonie Bazile

  • PhD Student & Teaching Assistant
  • Geography
1422 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-6956
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Office Hours (Fall 2017)

Mondays: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


M.A. - University of Cincinnati - Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies - 2016
B.A. - Bethune-Cookman University - International Studies/International Affairs - 2011


I'm a second-year Ph.D. student interested in the identity and visibility politics of queer migrants of color, particularly the affective qualities of space and place regarding understandings of race, nation, gender, and sexuality. My doctoral research will examine the community-building practices of queer Haitian women living in the U.S. rural south. This research is at the intersections of Black and rural geographies, queer theory, and diaspora studies. I'm building upon my previous research at the University of Cincinnati which focused on the identity formation of queer Haitian women living in New York and Florida. I theorized the diaspora as a contested material space wherein queer Haitian women were able to develop hybrid subjectivities that combined both global and local conceptions of agency as they navigated and negotiated issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, and nation. In other words, queer Haitian women subverted both liberal notions of queer existence (i.e., "coming out") and hiding their queer identities due to the perceived intolerance of queerness within communities of color for more fluid ways of being.

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