Symone holds a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College (2017). Her thesis research focused on sexual health, exploring the ways in which sexual attitudes and partner communication contributed to informing the sexual decision-making processes of young adults and their subsequent affective outcomes.
Symone’s anthropological research engages healing justice as a heuristic tool to understand how Black American performances of spiritually and religiously informed healing modalities serve as mobilizers for the project of Black liberation. Further, she considers how healing practice works to animate theories of Afrofuturism—through which a future of liberation can be imagined—in daily practice. In this, healing becomes not only a response to past and present trauma and violence, but a generative practice by which this imagined future materializes. Symone is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.