Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde

Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde is an ancestral priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, healer, poet, and Black Studies practitioner. Her research interests include Memory, Trauma, the Middle Passage, and Community Healing. Her creative fellowships include Cave Canem, Sacatar, and Ragdale foundations. Research fellowships include an NEH Summer Institute fellowship to pursue research on the intersections of Black Aesthetics and African Sacred Knowledge Systems. She is a visiting lecturer in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University and the founding director of The Graduate Mentoring Center at Indiana University, Bloomington.