C.V.

I am a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center – City University of New York. My research looks at the social impacts of land loss in southeastern Louisiana through the racial history of the lower Delta region and the scientific and technical transformation of the Mississippi River and its coastal wetlands. In addition to my research I also teach courses on cultural anthropology, race, and urban anthropology at Hunter College.

In summer 2015 I began conducting research in south Louisiana for my dissertation, Restoration, Race, and Disappearing Geographies of Southeastern Louisiana. In conjunction with my research I have worked with the Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University and am currently a visiting researcher in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Louisiana State University and at The Water Institute of the Gulf.

Prior to my work in Louisiana, I worked with a team of urban planners and geographers at the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay conducting community-based research on ideas and practices of environmental and social sustainability in the Jamaica Bay region (NYC). I have also worked on a number of creative arts projects with a focus on urbanization, race, and deindustrialization in the US northeast. From 2012-2013, I worked as a research fellow at the Princeton University Art Museum on the exhibition “New Jersey as Non-Site,” a retrospective on the works of environmental and performance art staged in the decades after WWII in the Garden State. Additionally, from 2009-2012 I worked with the Blacklight Project, a young women’s arts and social justice program, that integrates creative performance and ethnography to document the lives of young women of color living in Newark, New Jersey.

A more traditional format CV can be found here:

Barra CV-Resume_May 2017

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