A black-and-white photo of Nadia wearing a black turtle neck long sleeved shirt and a crown of spoons on her top bun. She looks directly at the camera and frames her face with her hands. 

About Nadia

I am doctoral student in Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University and a multi-media artist pursuing a certificate in Culture & Media, a nationally-respected program in media documentation. An alumna of Barnard College of Columbia University, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 2017 where I received a B.A. in Africana Studies & Dance.

U.S.-born of Guyanese and Tanzanian-Indian parentage, I attribute my critical lens and intellectual curiosities to my multicultural home life and international upbringing in Tanzania, Malawi, Trinidad, Switzerland, and France. As an adult, I have finally put down roots in New York City, the first place I have lived for a decade and the place I now call my home.

My research and creative work is situated at the intersection of medical anthropology, disability studies, Mad studies, and Black feminist theory. As a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and a Birth Equity Scholar, my research addresses how perinatal mental health disparities contribute to the ongoing Black maternal mortality and morbidity crisis in the United States.

Research Interests

medical anthropology, global mental health, reproductive justice, critical race theory, Black feminist theory, mad studies, disability studies, lived experience research, science and technology studies

My Personal Glossary

Below are a few terms I frequently use in my work. Stay tuned as I flesh out this space and add my personal definitions and how I apply them.


Lived Experience Researcher

Black Feminist Anthropologist

Multimedia Artist

Dancer | Poet | Photographer | Filmmaker

Mental Health Doula

Perinatal Peer Support Specialist

Maternal Mental Health Advocate