African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Ashanté Reese

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Anthropology, American University

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies
Ashanté Reese



Critical food studies and food justice, plantation geographies, Black geographies, abolition, ethnographic methods and practice.


Dr. Ashanté M. Reese earned a PhD in Anthropology from American University. Broadly speaking, Dr. Reese works at the intersection of critical food studies and Black geographies, examining the ways Black people produce and navigate food-related spaces. Animated by the question, who and what survives?, Dr. Reese’s work has focused on the everyday strategies Black people employ while navigating inequity. Her first book, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C., takes up these themes through an ethnographic exploration of antiblackness and food access. Black Food Geographies won the 2020 Best Monograph Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and 2020 Margaret Mead Award jointly awarded by the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Her second book, Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, is a collection co-edited with Hanna Garth that explores the geographic, social, and cultural dimensions of food in Black life across the U.S. Currently, Dr. Reese is working on a cultural history of sugar and Sugar Land, Texas in which she explores the spatial, economic, and carceral implications of sugar and the sometimes contradictory and deadly sweetness that marks Black life. A committed teacher, Dr. Reese was the recipient of the 2020-21 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship.  


AFR 370 • Black Geographies-Wb

31184 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

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AFR 391 • Black Studies Methods-Wb

31245 • Spring 2021
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

A survey of seminal black studies texts and methods that have transformed the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts in producing a distinct black studies epistemology. Explores what black studies scholars have done to transform traditional methods and disciplines in pursuit of a distinct black studies methodology.

AFR 370 • Food In The Racialized City-Wb

30199 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

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