James Padilioni, Jr. is a 2017-18 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellow in History at Lewis and Clark College. His research interests include the diverse plantation lifeworlds created by enslaved Africans and their descendants across the Diaspora, with a focus on Black musics and cosmologies, Afro-Latinx and African-American folk Catholicism, and Diasporic occult, magical, ecstatic, herbal, and pharmacopic practices. This research is animated by questions concerning ritual, performance, choreography and embodied knowledge, Diasporic consciousness and memory, and the genealogy and ontology of race. James is co-host of the Always Already critical theory podcast and the director of its Epistemic Unruliness interview stream. Follow him on Twitter @ApontesGhost.