Justin Hosbey

Visiting Scholar, Incoming Faculty

The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference

Office: North Decatur Building, Rm 254, Office Hours Wednesdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Education

  • PhD, Cultural Anthropology, University of Florida, 2016

Research

Specializations

  • Cultural and Political Economy of Racism
  • Anthropology of Space and Place
  • Racial capitalism
  • Anthropology of the State
  • Violence
  • Slavery and its afterlives
  • Black studies
  • Digital and spatial humanities
  • United States Gulf Coast and Mississippi Delta regions

 

I am a sociocultural anthropologist, interdisciplinary ethnographer, and Black studies scholar. Broadly, my intellectual work is interested in the ways that Black Americans have resisted anti-Black violence from the beginnings of racial slavery through its afterlife — using, in the words of Lorraine Hansberry, “every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non-violent.” More specifically, my ethnographic work explores Black social and cultural life in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mississippi Delta regions, focusing on the ways that southern Black communities articulate insurgent modes of citizenship that demand the interruption of racial capitalism. My current ethnographic project utilizes research methods from the digital and spatial humanities to explore and visualize how the privatization of neighborhood schools in low income and working class Black communities has fractured, but not broken, Black space and place making in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Teaching

  • ANT 101: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 385: Blackness and the Politics of Space and Place