Alicia L. Monroe is the Mellon Assistant Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies. Her research interests focus on the intersection between race and ethnicity and the development of black civil societies in the African diaspora. She teaches courses exploring African diaspora social and cultural history with emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Brazil. Her current project, “Living Monuments: Aesthetics, Adornment, and Black Sites of Worship in the Atlantic World,” profiles and analyzes continually used built environments and worship practices of urban black religious congregations founded between1700-1850 in the Iberian Atlantic and the U.S. South. She has received support for her scholarship from the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University and the J. William Fulbright Fellowship.