Masonya Bennett is a Doctoral candidate in the department. Her research focuses on African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino immigrants in Charlotte, N.C. Part of the joint M.A./Ph.D. program in AADS and GSS, she earned a M.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU. Prior to joining GSS, Masonya also earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.