Kaché Claytor (she/ella) is a PhD Candidate in Hispanic Studies with a certificate in American Culture Studies. Claytor is a Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inductee, a Divided City Research Grant recipient, and has been awarded the Helen Fe Jones Award for Teaching Spanish as well as the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Having lived in Peru and Colombia, her research centers the politics of land, water, extractivism, displacement, and activism in the African diaspora throughout Latin America. She is a co-founder and former president of Black Graduate Student Association at WashU and also works closely with undergraduate students as a graduate mentor. Additionally, she serves as a committee member of the Diversity and Equity Committee for the Romance Languages and Literatures department and is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. As a 2017-2018 Fulbright Colombia grantee, she taught at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá and mentored Martin Luther King Scholars—an initiative geared to increase bilingualism within the Black and Indigenous communities throughout Colombia.
Fun facts: she is a University of Iowa alumna—Go Hawkeyes! When she is not wrapped up in the academy, she enjoys spending time with family, tending to her plants, meditation, yoga, reality TV, and anything 4c hair!