The Department of Geography is pleased to welcome new Assistant Professor, Dr. Priscilla Ferreira. Priscilla is jointly appointed in the Department of Latinx and Caribbean Studies, our nearby neighbors in Lucy Stone Hall. Priscilla completed her BA in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of São Paulo and her MA and PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Black and Latinx Studies in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas in Austin (2019-2021).
Prsiclla's research engages co-elaborative work with Black women residents in majority-Black geographies in Rio de Janeiro to map Black community economies, and to understand how they conceive of solidarity economics and enact grassroots urban planning and community-driven development initiatives. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "City of God (desses): Afro-feminist urban marronage in the face of the Racial Capitalism” that centers women-led community economies around struggles for housing and childcare in the favela City of God, Rio de Janeiro.
Priscilla will be teaching an undergraduate course on Afro-Latinx Geographies this fall, and has a graduate seminar on Abolitionist Geographies schedule for Spring 2022. She is also the recipient of an Urban Studies Foundation award (along with former Rutgers Geography faculty member Dr. Willie Wright) to support "Global Black Geographies: Racial Capitalism and Black Urban Experiences," an international seminar series that will take place in Rio de Janeiro and New Brunswick beginning in the summer of 2022.
Welcome to Rutgers, Priscilla!!