Jessi Quizar, PhD
Northern Arizona University
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Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
MA Sociology (emphasis in Global and Regional International Development), University of California, Santa Barbara
- Race and struggles over urban space
- Food sovereignty
- Grassroots development
- Black social movements
Quizar, Jessi and Curtis, Kezia (forthcoming, 2019). “Detroitopoly: Who Really Cares for Detroit?” in Safransky, Sara and Bisson, Heidi (Eds.), The Detroit People’s Atlas. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
Quizar, Jessi (2018). “Working to Live: Black-Led Farming in Detroit’s Racialized Economy” in Nishime, LeiLani and Williams, Kim D. Hester (Eds.), Racial Ecologies. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Academic Interests and Affiliations:
My research focuses on race and struggles over the urban environment. I center two areas: 1) political ecologies of U.S. cities and 2) what Robin D.G. Kelley has called “freedom dreams” with regard to urban space—that is, the aspirations, theorizing, planning, and experimentation by people of color in the United States to claim and shape their cities, neighborhoods, and communities.
I have been on the working board of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association since 2016.