Jovan Scott Lewis

Job title: 
Associate Professor
Geography Department

Jovan Scott Lewis is an associate professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  He co-leads the Economic Disparities research cluster in Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute. He received his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics. Jovan’s research is concerned with the articulations of racialized poverty, which he examines through questions of racial capitalism, underdevelopment, and radical terms of repair. He has conducted research in Jamaica on these topics, which culminated in his monograph, Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica. He is currently at work on his second monograph based on research conducted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which traces the consequences of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. 

Jovan founded the Berkeley Black Geographies Project in 2016, which you can read more about at: is external).

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Research interests: 

Black Geographies, Economic geography, Caribbean Thought, decoloniality,  reparations and repair, poverty and inequality, race (blackness),  the Caribbean (Jamaica) African-American communities (Tulsa, OK).