Lazarus Nance Letcher

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I started my academic career in music at St. Olaf College. After a lovely breakdown and a trip to Ghana I realized my passion was in studying the complexities of race, gender, and colonialism, leading me to pursue a graduate education in American Studies. My Master's thesis "Transgender Murder Memorials: A Call for Trans Livability and Intersectionality" examined LGBTQIA+ non-profits inability to center and uplift Black trans voices until we're gone. I advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in the fall of 2021. My Black queer art collective Stages of Tectonic Blackness received the National Performance Network Creative Grant to make a video and museum installation on the legacy of Blackdom, New Mexico and other freedom towns and maroon colonies across the Americas.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • Introduction to Southwest Studies