THE BLACK GEOGRAPHIC
I started the Berkeley Black Geographies Project in 2016 after joining the Geography Department at the University of California, Berkeley. The idea of the project is to advance a contemporary understanding of Geography and other disciplinary analyses of spatial relations through the centering of Blackness through work across the areas of programming, pedagogy, and publishing. Through proactive recruitment of graduate students and faculty, the project has grown to represent the central intellectual and institutional heart of the department, which I now lead as chair. Thus, Geography at UC Berkeley has become an institutional leader in the emergent discipline of Black Geographies.
I am co-editing The Black Geographic: Praxis, Resistance, Futurity, forthcoming with Duke University Press with Camilla Hawthorne. The text emerged out of the first Berkeley Black Geographies symposium that I organized in 2017, which was the first material product of the Berkeley Black Geographies Project.