Andrea Adomako is a PhD student in the Department of African American Studies and a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Gender and Sexuality at Northwestern University.

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Adomako holds a M.A. from the American Studies program at Purdue University and a B.A. from the Department of Africana Studies and Human Rights at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her interdisciplinary scholarship spans the fields of Black girlhood studies, Black Feminism, children’s literature, and Black political thought.

Her work examines Black childhood, particularly Black girlhood as a site of theorization. Centering Black children’s literature, Adomako emphasizes the genre’s role in the aftermath of social movements, and critiques questions of citizenship, nation building and belonging relative to children throughout the African diaspora, paying particular attention to Ghana and the United States. Through her scholarship and teaching, Adomako hopes to encourage future scholars to critically engage with the role of childhood as a site of influence.

Adomako’s work continues to be supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Mays Fellowship program, and the Graduate School at Northwestern University.