• Raymond Jennings
  • Raymond Jennings
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, room B245
  • Research Interests: Black European and Atlantic studies, urban geography, cultural studies (sonic/blues and hip-hop geographies), postcolonial France, mobility and surveillance studies, politics of belonging and citizenship.
  • Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
  • Degree: Ph.D.



I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University. Drawing on perspectives in sound(scape) studies, Black geographies, and urban sociology, my research aims to explore these traditions through a focus on how sonic landscapes (i.e., the way a place sounds and how places are governed and experienced through sound) and the overall sensory environment shape regimes of urban governance – everything from police profiling, to microaggressions, to everyday movement – and a black sense of place. My interests lie, in particular, in examining this relation through the lived experiences of French minority youth citizens in the suburbs of Paris (Mantes-la-Jolie, France).

Previous Degrees:

  • MA Geography, Paris Sorbonne Université (2019)
  • BA Geography, Kennesaw State University (2014)


 Raymond Jennings (2021) Review: Joy White, Terraformed: Urban Geography, 42:8, 1214-1215