Andrea Y. Adomako
E-mail: adomako.andrea@gmail.com

EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy in African American Studies (Present)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Master of Arts in American Studies (May 2017)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (May 2017)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies and Human Rights (May 2015)
Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Relevant Courses: Race, Ethnicity & Inequality, Theorizing Black Genders and Sexualities, Feminist Theory, Postcolonial and Globalization Studies, Introduction to Afrolatinidad, Young Adult Literature, James Baldwin and the Global Freedom Struggle, Social Movements, Global Civil Rights, Genealogy of Racism


RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
• Black Childhood and Black Children’s Literature
• Black Feminism and Girlhood Studies
• Transnational Black Social Movements and Resistance
• Africana Diasporic Political Thought


PUBLICATIONS 
• Adomako, A. (accepted). 2018. “Reimagining Black Girlhood: Literary and Digital Self-Representation.” National Political Science Review.
Adomako, A. (accepted). 2018.Efua Sutherland and African Children’s Literature: Representations of Postcolonial Childhood.” In Rethinking African Childhoods: An Anthology, eds Charles Quist-Adade, De-Valera Botchway, & Awo Abena Amoa Sarpong. Vernon Press.
• Adomako, A. “Black Stories Matter: On the Whiteness of Children.” Aeon, Aeon, 26 Jul. 2017. aeon.co/ideas/black-stories-matter-on-the-whiteness-of-childrens-books.


AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND GRANTS
• Mellon Cluster Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality, Northwestern University (2017)
• Paul and Eslanda Robeson International Studies, Purdue University (Spring 2017)
• Promise Award for International Research, Purdue University (Fall 2016)
• American Studies Research Grant, Purdue University (Fall 2015)
• Social Science Research Council Mellon Mays Grant (Fall 2015)
• Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Barnard College (2013-2015)


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Research Assistant (2017)
Researcher: Dr. Lisa Kingstone
• Assisted on research centered around the impact of changing ideas about racial
identity in American culture that draws upon recent events
• Collected and transcribed focus group notes
• Provided aid in research and data collection using journals, books, and news sources
• Obtained permissions for images
• Fact-checked and formatted sections of book during drafting process


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Assistant Facilitator, Civic Week: Politics and Urban Development (Spring 2018)
Civic Education Project, Washington, D.C.
• Supervised a group of 9 high school students from around the country on a one week service learning immersion program
• Facilitated curriculum around 5 central social justice themes: inequalities, root causes, approaches to change, leadership, and taking action
• Assisted in team building activities and student evaluations

Teaching Assistant, American Studies 201: Interpreting America (Spring 2017)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
• Prepared lectures outlines and plans for 18 undergraduates that focused on the analysis of reading materials centered around interdisciplinary exploration into the ways the past, present, and future of the United States has and will shape what it has meant and will mean to be American
• Assisted faculty member with classroom instruction, record keeping, and attendance
• Graded course assessments and provided feedback to ensure students understood material and stayed on track

Teaching Assistant, American Studies 101: America and the World (Fall 2016)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
• Prepared lectures and class activities, for 10-15 undergraduates, that focused on the analysis of reading materials centered around how migrants, immigrants and people who call themselves American, see the world
• Created and graded course assessments to ensure students understood material and stayed on track

Teaching Fellow, Practice Makes Perfect (Summer 2016)
The Young Women’s Leadership School, Bronx, New York
• Instructed 40 students for over 200 hours over the course of six weeks in collaboration with a New York State certified teacher
• Developed daily lesson plans for 6th and 7th grade scholars in reading and writing
• Assessed progress through quizzes aimed at eliminating summer learning loss and enriching the areas of reading and writing
• Utilized a variety of methods and activities to accommodate scholar learning styles

Youth Worker, New York City Mission Society (Spring 2015)
P.S 175, New York, NY
• Established a comfortable learning environment and implemented clear, consistent age-appropriate expectations and rules for second graders
• Assisted the group leader with preparing lesson plan curriculum, materials, and hand-outs
• Developed and completed weekly lesson plans
• Participated in two professional development workshops


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• Adomako, A. (2018). “How She Arrived and Where She Will Go: Black Girlhood in Eve Ewing’s Electric Arches.” American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
• Adomako, A. (2017). “#Blackgirlsread: Constructing the Literary and the Digital.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD
• Adomako, A. (2017). “Constructing the Graduate Student Teacher-Activist: Pedagogies, Research, and Institutional Climate.” American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
• Adomako, A. (2017). “Black Children’s Activism.” Society for the History of Children and Youth Ninth Biennial Conference (SHCY) Annual Conference, Camden, NJ
• Adomako, A. (2016). “Childhood Traumas: The Legacy of Slavery in Girlhood Constructions.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, CA
• Adomako, A. (2016). “Post-Colonial Ghanaian Children’s Literature: Narratives and the Nation, A Pedagogical Approach” College Language Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX


WORK EXPERIENCE
Research Support Specialist, Northwestern University Library (Present)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
• Utilize library resources to assist students in finding relevant information for research projects
• Collecte data to improve student experience in the library
• Provide specialized administrative support to research faculty and staff

Mentor, Barnard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (2016-2018)
New York, New York
• Helped set academic research goals and provided guidance throughout the project of one Barnard mentee
• Encouraged students with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity to pursue academic careers.
• Participated in discussions concerning the graduate school application process, advising, program choice, and other areas concerning graduate school

Instructional Management Specials Intern (Spring 2015)
Success Academy Charter Schools New York, New York
• Researched summer camp partnership and initiatives
• Partnered with Instructional Management staff to support classroom and event organization and administration
• Worked to ensure that communications were thoroughly established and distributed to all possible stakeholders for a variety of events and programs within the department
• Supported the organization and execution of tournaments and games for sports, debate, chess and the arts
• Partnered with instructional leadership to develop and execute projects impacting multiple schools and thousands of scholars

Resident Assistant, Barnard College (Fall 2012- Fall 2014)
New York, New York
• Assessed and responded to the needs of 46 residents
• Created, planned, and implemented educational, social, and recreational programs
• Acted as a liaison between residents and Department of Residence Life
• Counseled peers on personal, academic, and career concerns
• Managed various administrative duties including maintenance requests, incident reports, and room transfers
• Enforced and upheld university policies


PROGRAM AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE
• Co-organizer, American Studies Symposium Committee (Spring 2017)
Purdue University
• Student Representative, Program Curriculum Committee (Fall 2016- Spring 2017)
Purdue University


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
• American Studies Association
• National Women’s Studies Association

SKILLS
• Language: Twi (Basic Proficiency)
• Computer Software- STATA