Reimagining global health with Black ecologies


11:00am - 12:00pm PDT (UTC-7)

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Naya Jones (she/her) is a critical geographer and cultural worker. She uses arts-based methods to study Black geographies of health, ecologies, and healing in North and Latin America. Her current book and multimedia project considers how Black ecological knowledge beyond the American South continues to be reimagined amid on-going spatial (in)justice, including the uneven effects of climate change. In addition to studying Black ecologies, Naya's research is grounded in Black ecological knowledge and practices. She works closely with community-based organizations, gardeners, and traditional healers to archive these relational ways of knowing for local and global futures. Naya is a nationally-recognized Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she is Core Faculty in the Global and Community Health Program. She also co-facilitates the UCSC Black Geographies Lab, and she is Founding Director of the emerging Black Botany Studio.

You can also check out previous sessions in this speaker series on the IGHS Decolonizing Global Health group’s webpage.