Renee Alexander Craft

Renee Alexander Craft 11.13.15
Chapel Hill

Renée is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a joint appointment in the Department of Communication Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies. She earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

For the past fourteen years, Alexander Craft’s research has centered on an Afro-Latin community located in the small coastal town of Portobelo, Panama who call themselves and their cultural performance tradition “Congo.” She is currently working on three projects, which reflect this research. The first is a book entitled When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in 20th Century Panama (The Ohio State University Press, January 2015). The second is a novel based in part on her ethnographic field research entitled She Looks Like Us.  The third is a digital humanities project entitled Digital Portobelo: Art + Scholarship + Cultural Preservation (digital, which was initiated through a 2013-2014 UNC Digital Innovations Lab/Institute for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship. In addition to her scholarship, Alexander Craft received a Durham Arts Council Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2013 for I Will Love You Every-where Always, a children’s book dedicated to helping children cope with death and loss.