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Contact Terza Lima-Neves, Ph.D.:

Name & Title: 
Terza Lima-Neves, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): 
Sub-Saharan African politics; international and comparative politics; African diaspora politics; African diaspora community organizations in the United States; gender politics and development; Women and Politics

Bio:
Terza Lima-Neves is an assistant professor in political science at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Lima-Neves was born and raised on the Cape Verde Islands. As a teenager, she immigrated to the United States, along with her parents and two younger sisters. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from Providence College in Providence, R.I., and M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.

Prior to Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Lima-Neves was a visiting assistant professor at Sewanee: The University of the South, where she was among a group of professors nominated for the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award. She is the managing editor for FORCV.com, an online Cape Verdean newspaper servicing the Cape Verdean diaspora throughout the world. Dr. Lima-Neves also writes articles for FORCV.com on general political and social topics related to the Cape Verdean community. She is also a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of African Biography, edited by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, which provides a comprehensive overview of the lives of Africans who shaped its history.

Her research interests are modern African diasporas, transnationalism, as well as gender and development. Dr. Lima-Neves teaches courses on African, international, comparative and gender politics.


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Contact Tonya Williams:

Name & Title: 
Tonya M. Williams, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Johnson C. Smith University

Topic(s): 
American government: American politics, race, gender, class & public policy (reproductive politics), policy analysis, women and politics

Bio: 
International Relations: international human rights laws & standards, theory and practice of human rights, non-governmental organizations, women’s rights

Tonya M. Williams, Ph.D., joined the faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Johnson C. Smith University as a visiting assistant professor of political science in Fall 2011. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and Clark Atlanta University in political science. Dr. Williams interdisciplinary scholarship broadly interrogates the intersection between race, gender, class and public policy while incorporating discourse from international human rights law. Currently, she is investigating race, region, and reproductive public policy formation on the state levels in the US South. She is a former New Voice Gulf Coast Transformation Fellow, 2007-2010, previously serving as a research associate, campaign director and program director at two Atlanta based non-profit organizations where she edited two popular education social justice publications.

At Johnson C. Smith, Dr. Williams is responsible for teaching courses in American Government, Research Methods, Policy Analysis, State and Local Politics, Black Political Thought and legal studies courses. Dr. Williams is the advisor for the National Council of Negro Women chapter at Johnson C. Smith University and serves as the co-advisor for the Pre-Law Society.