Faculty Profile

Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Distinguished Chair in Africana Studies (2009)

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on sabbatical Fall 2014


Althouse Hall Room G20


Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of expressive culture, social activism, and the politics of representation and subjectivity in the post-colonial Caribbean. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she conducted fieldwork in Trinidad and Tobago, exploring the dynamic relationships that exist between people of African and South Asian Indian ancestry and documenting how these are expressed though performance. At Dickinson College, Dr. van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy teaches courses on the African Diaspora and the Caribbean, and continues to engage in research on performance, activism and identity politics in the Caribbean.


  • B.A., San Francisco State University, 1986
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2009