Graduate Students

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Samantha L. Bowden
Advisor: Robert W. Lake
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-243
Research Interests: social movements, public space/memory, decolonial politics, cultural landscapes, political economy of difference



My current research focuses on the Black Geographies tradition as it pertains to the processes of remaking the cultural and material landscapes of the U.S. South. In 2016, I completed my master’s degree in political science on the public policy of cities hosting mega-events as a neoliberal urban accumulation strategy at the University of South Florida.

As a Tampa activist, I’ve worked on several local movement and political-electoral campaigns such as city council and county commission races, transportation referendums, as well as Black Lives Matter and Occupy Tampa battles over public space and the politics of policing in the city.

Previous Degrees:

  • M.A., Political Science, University of South Florida
  • B.A., Geography and International Relations, University of South Florida


  • Pre-Dissertation Fieldwork Improvement Grant, Rutgers (Summer 2018)
  • Teaching Assistantship, Rutgers (2017–2019)
  • Dean's Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers (2016–2017, 2019–2020)
  • Graduate Assistant Fellowship, USF (2015–2016)
  • Department of Government and International Studies Conference Grant, USF (Spring 2015)
  • Conference Presentation Travel Grant, USF (Spring 2015)
  • "Research That Matters!" Grant Finalist, USF (Fall 2014)
  • The Washington Center Fellowship, State Legislature Award, USF (Summer 2012)
  • Southwest Airlines, The Washington Center Flight Sponsorship, USF (Summer 2012)
  • Florida Bright Futures Gold Scholarship (2006–2007)