Liseli Fitzpatrick

Graduate Student

Liseli Fitzpatrick is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in African-American and African Studies (AAAS) at The Ohio State University (OSU). In 2006, Liseli left the shores of her home- country, the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and, in 2010, obtained her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Visual Communications and AAAS, at OSU. In 2012, she further earned her M.A. degree, also at OSU. Liseli’s thesis titled “African Names and Naming Practices: The Impact Slavery and European Domination had on the African Psyche, Identity and Protest” focused on the power of names and naming as she constantly seeks to empower, and ignite African consciousness and, by extension, human consciousness. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Liseli has been the recipient of the Gwen Kagey Scholarship, as well as, she has been awarded The Michelle D. Slater & LeRoy S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship where she attended academic conferences, conducted research, and participated in a Study Abroad trip to Ghana, in 2009. Upon graduating from the M.A. program, she was immediately given a lectureship position in the Department of African-American and African Studies (OSU) and continues to lecture early AAAS courses as a doctoral candidate. Liseli is committed to the empowerment of all peoples starting with the most oppressed of them all. She has an immense passion for African Spirituality, history, culture and movement.

Areas of Expertise
  • Ancient African Kingdoms
  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism
  • African Spirituality & the Diaspora
  • Caribbean History & Culture
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology and a double minor in African-American and African Studies and Visual Communications (Pre-law), The Ohio State University
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), African-American and African Studies, The Ohio State University