June 17, 2023 12:00 – 1:00 (ET)
The Body as a Site of Freedom: Black Feminism, Social Change, and Care Practices
Dr. AK Wright identifies as queer and trans nonbinary, Jamaican, an immigrant, and first generation to high school, college, and grad school. They use they/them pronouns. They have medium brown skin, black locs with golden tips, tattoos, a septum piercing and nose stud, a variety of ear piercings, and at times wear glasses. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Wright loves their plants, yoga, baking and cooking and creating embroidery art.
Following receiving their Ph.D. in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota, they are currently a Black Feminist Thought postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University in Africana Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Their book project, Embodying Abolition: Healing Justice, Black Feminism and Ending Carcerality, investigates how Black individuals communally and intimately live, resist and care amid carceral forces. Situated in Black feminist thought, queer and trans studies, digital humanities and carceral studies, their scholarship and research explores communal healing justice approaches to carceral abolition, centering the care, spiritual, and life flourishing practices of Black folks by tracing Black feminist genealogies of healing through historical and contemporary moments. They were awarded the Leadership in Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Fellowship in 2020 and the 2021 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
In 2024, Dr. Wright will be an assistant professor of Black Feminist Studies at George Washington University in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Studies.