Monica Patrice Barra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Race and Environment in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and Department of Anthropology and Faculty Affiliate of the African American Studies Program @ University of South Carolina

Monica Patrice Barra is an Assistant Professor of Race and Environment in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and Department of Anthropology and faculty affiliate of the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on the ways in which racial inequalities and geographies are forged through scientific practices, racial histories, and transformations of natural and built environments. Her current book project, Good Sediment examines these topics through an ethnography of coastal wetland loss in southeast Louisiana that considers the complicated ways scientists and residents conceptualize coastal environments, the political stakes of science, and the promise of restoration in the context of historic and contemporary race relations along the Louisiana coast.