Wesleyan portrait of Zaira  Simone-Thompson

Zaira Simone-Thompson

Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies


BA The New School
MA New York University
PHD CUNY The Graduate Center

Zaira Simone-Thompson

Zaira Simone-Thompson is a assistant professor in the African American Studies department. A geographer, her work and teaching centers on contemporary experiences and representations of slavery, colonialism and uneven development in the Caribbean. Her dissertation, “A Discursive Geography of Repair: Exploring Regional and National Claims for Reparative Justice in the Caribbean” examines the symbolic and material forces of reparative claims in Barbados. 
Zaira embraces teaching as a form of active engagement and therefore encourages students to approach the course material as a political “tool box” and more importantly to show up as their most authentic selves.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Mondays 3:00-6:00 p.m.


Spring 2023
AFAM 268 - 01
Caribbean Geographies

AFAM 277 - 01
Defining Black Repair

Fall 2023
AFAM 101 - 01
Intro to Africana Studies

AFAM 268 - 01
Caribbean Geographies