Haitian Studies Association

Member Profile

Samantha Barnes

Swarthmore College - student

Interests: Anthropology, Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora studies, Environment, Human rights, Humanitarian aid, Identity, International Relations, Languages, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies

Samantha Barnes, a junior double majoring in Peace & Conflict Studies and Political Science, studies ethnology, latinidad, and africana studies. During the summer of 2020, she researched a core group of Black feminist women who birthed the Négritude Movement, a French literary and social movement developed in the 1930s. She will continue to expand this research to explore how this movement is comparable to the Harlem Renaissance in the U.S and Negrísmo in Latin America as well as how multiculturalism and colonialism influence the Black female identity around the world. Outside of academics, Samantha has studied French and Spanish, is on the Swarthmore women’s soccer team, and volunteers with Design FC, an afterschool program at Stetser Elementary in Chester, Pa. that encourages creative design thinking and self expression for 5th and 6th graders.