Andrea Y. Adomako


Doctor of Philosophy in African American Studies (September 2022)
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


• Black Childhood and Black Children’s Literature
• Black Feminism and Girlhood studies
• Transnational Black Social Movements and Resistance
• Africana Diasporic Political Thought


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

  • Adomako, A. (2022). “First Wave Friendships: Ann Plato and Black Feminist Praxis.” Feminist Formations
  • Adomako, A. (2018). “Reimagining Black Girlhood: Literary and Digital Self-Representation.” National Political Science Review. Special Issue: “Black Girl Magic: Race, Gender, Sex/Sexuality and Self Definition in the 21st Century”19.2. p 11-21. 

Book Chapters and Reviews  

  • Adomako, A. (2020). Review of Fictions of Integration: American Children’s Literature and the Legacies of Brown v. Board of Education by Naomi Lesley. The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth by Naomi Lesley, vol. 13 no.1 2020, p125-126. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/hcy.2020.0014.  
  • Adomako, A. (2019). “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. 

Under Review 

  • Adomako, A. (2021). “Susan Elizabeth Frazier.” African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Adomako, A. (2021). “Dr. Sylvia Lyons Render.” African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Online Articles  

  • Adomako, A. (2017). “Black Stories Matter. On the Whiteness of Children’s Books.” Aeon, 


  • Feminist Formations and NWSA Paper Award, National Women’s Studies Association (2021)
  • Presidential Fellow, Northwestern University (2021)  
  • Kaplan Institute Graduate Public Humanities Research Workshop Fellow, Northwestern University (2021)
  • Public Affairs College Fellow, Northwestern University (2020) 
  • Fellowship for Graduate Study, Barnard College Alumnae Association (2019) 
  • Excellence in Mentoring, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University (2019) 
  • Social Science Research Council Graduate Grant  (2019)
  • Mellon Cluster Fellow in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University (2017)
  • Library Research Award, Barnard College (2017)         
  • Women of Color Leadership Project, National Women Studies Association (2017)
  • Paul and Eslanda Robeson International Studies Award, Purdue University (2017)


  • “For the People: A Roundtable on Community Organizing and Mutual Aid.” Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora, Northwestern University (2021)
  • “Graduate Student Life Across the  Disciplines.” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Northwestern University (2021)
  • “Black Feminism and the Civil Rights Movement.” New Community Covenant Church of Bronzeville ‘Faith and Race Workshop Through the Life of Ida B. Wells’, Chicago, IL (2019)


Adomako, A. (2019) “Children of the Movement.” American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI    

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 (CLA) Annual Conference, Houston, TX


Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Courses 

  • English: Literatures of the Black World-Black Classism, Northwestern University (Winter 2020
  • African American Studies: Policing the Black Body, Northwestern University (Spring 2019) 
  • African American Studies: Black Diasporas in Popular Music, Northwestern University (Fall 2018)
  • Interpreting America, Purdue University (Spring 2017)  
  • America and the World, Purdue University (Fall 2016) 

Instructor, K-12 Education  

Campaign Coach (2019)

Chicago Freedom School, Chicago, IL

  • Designed and facilitated 6-hour courses for youth, ages 14 – 17, based on a popular education model
  • Supported young people as they researched and identified issues and strategies that impact the health and wellness of their communities.
  • Assisted youth as they developed and designed an action plan to address homelessness and food insecurity for Chicago’s student population and created a city-wide school campaign

Assistant Facilitator, Civic Week: Politics & Urban Development (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 Fellow, Practice Makes Perfect  (2016)

The Young Women’s Leadership School, Bronx, New York 

  • Instructed 40 students for over 200 hours during 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 areas of reading and writing


  • Material Texts & Archives Graduate Co-Coordinator, Northwestern University (Present)
  • Board Member, Akoma Institute (Present)
  • Development & Communications Consultant, Chicago Freedom School (2020-Present)
  • Mentor, Barnard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (2016-Present)
  • Co-president, African American Studies Graduate Student Association, Northwestern University (2019-2020) 
  • Co-organizer, American Studies Symposium Committee, Purdue University (2016-2017) 
  • Student Representative, Program Curriculum Committee, Purdue University (2016-2017)


• American Studies Association
• National Women’s Studies Association
• History of Black Girlhood Network


Language: Twi (Basic Proficiency)