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2014-2015 Post-Doc FELLOW

Priscilla McCutcheon
Geography and Africana Studies, Post-Doctoral Fellow
“Food, Race and Space in an African American Land Ethic”

Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon is an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Geography and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She received the Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Geography and the M.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) with a B.A. in Political Science.

Dr. McCutcheon’s primary research focus is on the intersection of agriculture/food, racial identity formation, and religion. In her dissertation, “‘Heaven on Earth’: Race, Food and Space in Black Religious Food Programs,” she examines racial identity formation and place-making through the lens of three black religious food programs that range from a black Protestant church’s emergency food program to a black nationalist Christian organization that is farming over 4,000 acres of land. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Geoforum where portions of this work appear. While at the University of Georgia, she was the primary instructor for both Human Geography and Cultural Geography.

Priscilla McCutcheon,
Geography and Africana Studies, Post-Doctoral Fellow

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