2016 Master of Arts, African Studies | University of Illinois
2016 Master of Library Science | University of Illinois
2012 Master of Arts, History | University of Illinois Springfield
2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History | University of Illinois
2015-2016 Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellow, US Department of Education
+ CURRENT APPOINTMENT
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida | August 2016 – present
Associate Librarian, African American Studies
International & Area Studies Library, University of Illinois | Spring 2016
Africana / Middle East and North Africa Collections
Research & Collections Center | Illinois State Museum | 2011 – 2012
African Ethnographic Collection
American Library Association
ALA New Member Roundtable
Association of College and Research Libraries
University of Florida
African American Studies Program Advisory Committee
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee
Library Creative Committee
Stephanie Birch, Diana Dombrowski, and Melody Royster. Brainstorming Strategies Against Tech Bias. THATCamp Gainesville, April 21, 2017.
Stephanie Birch. About Face: Africa and a Global Fashion Revolution. 12th Annual African Student Organization Forum. University of Illinois, March 2015.
Stephanie Birch. Fairies and Fiends: Locating the Magical, Racial Other in Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Lunch & Learn Series. Women’s Resources Center, University of Illinois, September 2014.
Birch, Stephanie. New Vantages: Tracing the Spiritual and Cultural Intersections of Vodou, Vodun, and Voodoo. 13th Annual African Student Organization Forum. University of Illinois, (forthcoming) April 2016.
Birch, Stephanie. The Secret Life of Swahili Textiles. Summer Institute for the Muslim World. University of Illinois, June 2016.
Stephanie Birch, Anne Lutomia. Con(Texts): Re-examining the Social Life of Kanga Cloth. 13th Annual African Student Organization Forum. University of Illinois, April 2016.
Mbhekiseni Madela, Stephanie Birch. Community Technology Centers (CTC) and the Barbershop Community. Graduate Research Symposium. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, May 2013.
+ SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS & ACTIVITIES
Stephanie Birch, Anne Lutomia. “(Con)Texts: Re-examining the Social Life of Kanga Cloth.” Africa e Mediterreneo, February 2017.
Stephanie Birch. “Vodou Religions & The Transformative Incompleteness of Diaspora” in [working title] Multi-disciplinary Issues in African Diasporan Studies: A Handbook, ed. Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Charles Mann, forthcoming 2017.
Barber, Rehema C. Painting is Dead?! ed. Stephanie Birch. University of Illinois, 2015.
Birch, Stephanie. FolkFusion: Functional African Art at the Illinois State Museum. University of Illinois Springfield, 2012.
Rebecca Schrepfer, Stephanie Birch, & Ashley Adams. “Elimu ya Wasichana Nchini Kenya.” Trans: Girls’ Education in Kenya. Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, December 2016.
Stephanie Birch, Ashley Adams. “Sera ya Lugha Nchini Kenya” Trans: Language Policy in Kenya)” Forthcoming, April 2016.
Stephanie Birch. “Crimes of Fashion: Intellectual Property and Indigenous Dress.” Global Notes. International & Area Studies Library, University of Illinois, April 2016.
Samuel Kimba. Oral History of Samuel Kimba: Experiences of the Liberian Civil War. Ed. Stephanie Birch. University of Illinois Springfield Archives, 2012.
Selected Curated Exhibitions
Oct – Dec 2015 With Eyes Wide Open | Figure One Gallery, University of Illinois
Jan – Mar 2015 Painting is Dead?! | Figure One Gallery, University of Illinois
January 2013 Up for Grabs: Slavery on Trial in Illinois | Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission
Spring 2012 FolkFusion: Funcational African Art at the ISM | Illinois State Museum