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Keisha-Khan Perry

Brown University

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry is an associate professor of African Studies at Brown University. She received her B.S. in Spanish and Women’s Studies from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in race, gender, and politics in the Americas, urban geography and questions of citizenship, intellectual history and disciplinary formation, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy and political engagement. She has conducted extensive research in Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States. Her book, Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil (fall 2013, Minnesota Press), is an ethnographic study of black women’s activism in Brazilian cities, specifically an examination of black women’s participation and leadership in neighborhood associations, and the re-interpretations of racial and gender identities in urban spaces. Winner of the National Women’s Studies Association 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Award, this book includes an analysis of the relationship between environmental justice movements and land and housing rights struggles in Brazil.

Another book, Anthropology for Liberation, draws heavily from her ethnographic research experience in Brazil with an emphasis on the complexity of doing activist research amidst racial and gender violence. She is also working on two other book projects: The Historical Paradox of Citizenship: Black Land Ownership and Loss in the Americas and Evictions and Convictions which represent a continuation of her ongoing research on black land loss and ownership in relationship to the material articulation of citizenship in Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States. She has won numerous awards over the years to support her research such as the National Science Foundation and Fulbright fellowships.

Perry’s videos are used in these Choices Program curriculum units:
Brazil: A History of Change
Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies

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