American Studies
American Studies

Ashanté Reese

Ph.D., Anthropology, American University

Assistant Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology
Ashanté Reese



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


Dr. Ashanté Reese earned a PhD in Anthropology from American University in 2015. She also holds a bachelors of arts in History with a minor in African American studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. 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 and places in the context of anti-blackness. Animated by the question, who and what survives?, much of 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. 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 new project that explores the continuity of plantation geographies and abolitionist possibilities within rural and urban food systems vis-à-vis the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s agribusiness sector. 


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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