Desmond Fonseca, the son of an Angolan mother and Cape Verdean father, is a rising junior studying History and Africana Studies at Tufts University. Growing up in South Shore Massachusetts, Desmond was immersed in Cape Verdean and Angolan community, and, as a result, is interested in studying cultural manifestations of Blackness across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as revolutionary Luso-Africa. On campus Desmond is treasurer of the Cape Verdean Students Association, has co-organized a conference pertaining to African and Caribbean culture, and annual cultural nights celebrating Cape Verde. A Laidlaw scholar, over the next two summers he will be conducting independent research on visual culture and cultural memory in “postcolonial” Angola, and during his junior year, he will be a visiting student at the University of Oxford. After graduation, Desmond will pursue a Ph.D in history and education to study global Black liberation movements.
Updated May 2018