Autumn Cockrell-Abdullah received her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Georgia State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the International Conflict Management program at KSU. She has taught at KSU in the Department of Geography and Anthropology since 2009. Engaging arts-based perspectives for the analysis of conflict, Autumn has focused her research on the expressive cultures of the Middle East. She conducted field work for her dissertation in Iraqi Kurdistan with Visual and Conceptual artists who are engaging and seeking to transform historical relationships of power.
Traveling regularly within the Middle East, she has also conducted research in Egypt, the U.A.E., Lebanon and Oman. Autumn has been invited to contribute her work "Art Agency: Transforming Relationships of Power in Iraqi Kurdistan" for the upcoming book Promoting Peace through Academia, Practice & the Arts and also her work "On Common Ground: The Lyric Poetry of Kurdish Bênd and American Rap" for the upcoming book "Rebel Yalla: Cultural Convergence in Western and Middle Eastern Literature and Culture".