Erica Townsend-Bell, Ph.D

Director for the Center of Africana Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)  

Dr. Erica Townsend-Bell is Director of the Center for Africana Studies, and Associate Professor of Political Science. She teaches courses on race and gender politics, social movements and qualitative methods, with expertise in intersectionality, comparative equality and Latin American politics. qualitative methods, with an expertise in intersectionality, comparative equality, and Latin American politics. Learn more here:

Her research areas focus on the practices of intersectionality, comparative racial politics, and the politics of inclusion. Her work has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Signs, European Journal of Politics and Gender, JILAR, and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES)< among other outlets.


Primary Field: Comparative Politics. Second Field: American Politics

Research Interests

Intersectionality, Comparative Race & Gender Politics, Latin American Politics, Social Movements, Qualitative Methods

Recent Publications

  • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2021. "Breaking hegemony: coalition as decolonial-intersectional praxis." European Journal of Politics and Gender 4(2): 235-253.
  • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2021. “‘We Came as Blacks and Left as Afro-descendants’: Uruguay, Affirmative Action, and the Creation of Subjects of Rights.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 16(3): 237-258.
  • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2021. “Civil Society & Social Movements” in Political Science Is for Everybody, ed. Amy Atchison. University of Toronto Press.
  • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2020. “Backlash as the Moment of Revelation.” In Backlash and the Future of Feminism [Special Issue]. Signs: Journal of Women and Society 45(2): 278-294. 

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