The Sistah Vegan Project

Curriculum Vitae of A. Breeze Harper

Curriculum Vitae of

            Dr. Amie “Breeze” Harper

email: breezeharper@gmail.com

Educational Background

2013 Ph.D. Geography. University of California, Davis.

Doctoral Emphasis: Critical Race Theory; Black Feminist Theory and Research; Critical Food Studies

  • ·Dissertation Title: Vegan Consciousness and the Commodity Chain: On the Neoliberal, Afrocentric, and Decolonial Politics of “Cruelty-Free”: .
    • Committee: Dr. Kimberly Nettles (Major Professor, UC Davis), Wendy Ho (UC Davis), and Dr. Psyche A. Williams-Forson (UMD College Park).

2009-2011 Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship in Geography ($40,000). UC Davis.

  • Fully funded pre-doctoral studies research to explore how food, race, and identity affect cultural philosophies around food and nutrition amongst vegans.

2007 Masters Degree Educational Technologies. Harvard University. 

  • Masters Thesis: “Cyber-territories of Whiteness: Language, ‘Colorblind’ Utopias, and Sistah Vegan Consciousness.” Advisor: Dr. Michelle M. Wright (remote advisor from University of Minnesota)
    • Cyber-ethnography of intersections of race and veganism on the internet.
    • Researching how to use cyberspace technology for health and nutrition education, coalition building, and empowerment to combat health disparities and environmental injustice.
    • Training in pedagogies of educational technology and applying this to health and food education.
    • Training in programming and creation of educational technology software

1998. B.A. Geography. Dartmouth College.

  • ·Undergraduate Thesis: “Foucault and the Heterosexist Panopticon.” Advisor: Dr. Adrian J. Bailey

Professional and Academic Experience

2013-2014. Research Fellow. Dept of Human Ecology. University of California, Davis

  • Working on the book project “Going Green Living Bling: Black Vegan Men, Hip Hop Eco Consciousness, and Decolonial Nutrition.”
  • Planning the Sistah Vegan Conference, “Embodied and Critical Perspectives on Veganism by Black Women and Allies,” scheduled for September 14, 2013.

 2011- Present. Consultant. Documentary: Pursuit of a Green Planet.

  • I am advising producer Keith Tucker on the racial and class elements of food and health amongst the hip hop generation in the USA. http://poagp.com/

 2011-Present Book Series Co-Editor. Arissa Media Group: Earth Liberation and Environmental Justice Series.

 2009-Present. Founder and Facilitator. Critical Race and Food Studies Intersectional Research Group.

  • ·With over two fifty scholars throughout the world, and funded by my Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship research grant, I founded this research group to provide scholars a space to collaborate on, mentor students of, and peer review papers about, critical food studies projects from a critical race perspective. This research group will also produce the first issue of the new peer reviewed journal Journal of Critical Race and Food Studies, scheduled for spring 2012. Location: http://groups.google.com/group/critical-race-theory-and-food-studies-research?hl=en

 2010 Critical Race Studies Consultant.

  • ·Consultant for the book project Sister Species: Women, Social Justice, and Animal Advocacy by Lisa Kemmerer, PhD (University of Illinois Press, 2011).
  • Edited 45 page introduction to ensure that the language used to address racial and ethnic concepts were culturally appropriate, accurate, and sensitive.

2008-Present. Board Member and Peer Reviewer. Institute for Critical Animal Studies. Cortland, NY.

  • ·Peer reviewer for Journal of Critical Animal Studies, which explores veganism, vegetarianism, animal rights, and consumption.

 2008-2012. Member. Studies of Food and the Body Multi Campus Research Group. Davis Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis.

  • ·Exploring the relationship between food, the body and culture, this collaboration across UC Campuses has been created to strengthen the work of individual members through works in progress seminars, to draw attention to the critical mass of food scholars on the three northern California campuses, to provide focused mentoring to graduate students in this area, and to open a dialogue between humanities and science scholars, and the public.

 2008 Summer-Fall Research Assistant University of California, Davis. Davis, CA.

  • ·Department: Asian American Studies. Professor Wendy Ho.
    • Conducted research on food and racial/ethnic experiences of the Asian Diaspora in the USA.

2007 Fall Reader (Part Time). University of California, Davis. Davis, CA.

  • ·Paper reader and grader for the CRD course, “Ethnicity and America.” Professor Laurie Lippin.

 2007 Fall Graduate Research Assistant (Part Time). University of California, Davis. Davis, CA.

  • “Interfaith HIV/AIDS Prevention in Nigeria” project. Dr. Adela de la Torre.
  • Publications

    Peer Reviewed:

    Harper, Amie Breeze. “Doing Veganism Differently: Racialized Trauma and the Personal Journey Towards Vegan Healing.” Hayes-Conroy Allison and Jessica Hayes-Conroy (eds.) in Doing Nutrition Differently: Critical Approaches to Dietary Intervention. Ashgate Publishing 2012.

    Harper, Amie Breeze. “The Absence of Meat in Oankali Dietary Philosophy: An Eco-Feminist-Vegan Analysis of Octavia Butler’s Dawn.” Jackson, Sandra and Julie Moody-Freeman (eds.) in The Black Imagination, Science Fiction and Futurism. Peter Lang Press 2011.

    Harper, Amie Breeze. “Phenomenology of Race and Whiteness: Knowing, Feeling, and Experiencing the Vegan ‘Exotic’”  in Alkon, Alison and Julian Agyeman. Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability. MIT Press 2011.

    Harper, A. Breeze. “‘Post-racial’ Vegan USA? Critical Race and Black Feminist Analysis of Racialized Consciousness in Veganism”in Counihan, Carole and Psyche A. Williams-Forson.Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World. Forthcoming: Routledge Press 2011.

    Harper, Amie Breeze. “Race as a ‘feeble matter’in veganism: Interrogating whiteness, geopolitical privilege, and consumption of ‘cruelty-free’ products.” Journal of Critical Animal Studies.VIII, no. 3 (2010)

    Harper, Amie Breeze. “Connections: Speciesism, Racism, and Whiteness as the Norm,”  in Kemmerer, Lisa (ed.), Sister Species: Women, Social Justice, and Animal Advocacy. University of Illinois Press 2011.

    Harper, Amie Breeze. “Veganporn & ‘Sistah’: Explorations of Whiteness Through Textual Linguistic Cyber-minstrelsy on the Internet,” in Wachanga, David (ed.), Cultural Identity and New Communication Technologies: Political, Ethnic and Ideological Implications. IGI Global Communications 2011.

    Not Peer Reviewed:

    Harper, A. Breeze. Brotha Vegan! Black Male Vegan Consciousness of North America. (Forthcoming)Lantern Books, 2014.

    Harper, A. Breeze. Scars. Black Coffee Press, 2012.

     Harper, A. Breeze. Sistah Vegan! Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society. Lantern Books, 2010.

    Teaching Experience

    2008 Fall Quarter. Student Organizer and Co-Instructor University of California, Davis.

    • ·Course Name: “Geography 298: Geographies of Race, Racialization, and Racism: Critical Race and Postcolonial Approaches.”
    • ·I created the idea and syllabus for this graduate level course, as well as co-instructed the course with Dr. Adela de la Torre.

    2008 Spring Quarter (Part Time) Teaching Assistant University of California, Davis.

    • ·“American Studies 1E: Nature and Culture.” Dr. Julie Sze

    2008 Winter Quarter (Part time) Teaching Assistant University of California, Davis.

    • ·“Women’s Studies 50: Introduction to Women’s Studies.” Dr. Wendy Ho

    2005-2007 WebSTA Software Instructor and Data Manager(Full time). YouthBuild USA, Somerville, MA.

    • ·Implementation of technology into the Graduate and Youth Opportunities division for low-income youths to acquire leadership skills.
    • ·Researched how race, class, and gender affect access to technology.
      • ·Researched and designed an online Graduate Portal, in collaboration with YouthBuild youths, to support young graduate leaders of the YouthBuild program.
      • ·Supported young people who wanted to use technology for youth advocacy, grassroots organizing, networking, and leadership development.

    2003 Mac OS X Teacher & IT Support Specialist (Part time temp). Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

    • ·Developed Mac OS X curriculum and taught employees about basic computer concepts and Mac OS X.

Conferences, Talks, and Forums

2012  Boston University. Boston University Vegetarian Society. Boston, MA. November 1.

  • · Invited guest lecturer: ““Afrocentricism, Black feminist theory, and Queen Afua’s Vegan Kitchen: Producing an ‘Ethical’ Black Female Body.”

2012 “One Struggle: Intersectionality and Critical Animal Studies” Conference. University of California, Berkeley. October 20.

  • Invited lecturer: “Marketing Neoliberbal Whiteness: An Analysis of PETA’s Cruelty-Free Vegan Shopping Guide.”

 2012 Brown Suga Festival. Denver, CO. April 28.

  • Keynote lecturer. Used performance ethnography to teach youth of the hip hop generation how and why eating healthier food is a “cool” and “hip” way to go green.

 2012 Univerity of Oregon, Eugene. Coalition Against Environmental Racism Yearly Conference. April 7.

  • Invited keynote speaker: “Afrocentrism and vegan methodology of the racially oppressed: Queen Afua’s Revolutionary Black Feminist Food for Thought.”

 2012 Southwestern University. The Brown Symposium: Back to the Foodture: Sustainable Strategies to Reverse A Global Crisis. February 27-28.

  • Invited keynote speaker:”Afrocentricism, Veganism, and Building Healthy Black Communities from an Egyptian Past”

 2011 University of California, Berkeley. Critical Animal Studies Series. November 16.

  • Invited speaker.Afrocentrism, vegan methodology of the racially oppressed, and revolutionary black feminism.”

 2011 Vassar College. Invited speaker. October 27, 2011.

  • Talk: “‘White Talk,’ Discursive Violence, and Dysconscious Racism: From Vegan Commodity to Vegan Consciousness.”

 2011 Stanford University. NAACP invited lecturer. May 1.

  • ·Talk: “What Vegans of Color Can Tell Us About ‘Race Consciousness’ in a ‘Post-Racial’ America: A Critical Race Feminist Perspective.”

2011 University of California-Berkeley. Race, Space, and Nature conference. April 27.

  • ·Paper presented: “Pain and Pleasure of the Exotic: A Critical Race Feminist Analysis of the Use of ‘Exotic’ Amongst Vegans.”

2011 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ecofeminism 3 Day Summit. March 28-30.

  • ·Keynote address: “Race and Whiteness within Vegan Philosophy: Critical Race Feminist Reflections from the Sistah Vegan Project.”

2011 University of California-Davis. Fierce, Fearless, Feminist Conference. March 4.

  • ·Paper presented: “Going beyond the post-racial vegan philosophy in the USA.”

2011 University of California-Berkeley. FemSex Conference. 101 Morgan Hall. February 12, 2011.

  • ·Keynote address: “Critical Race Feminist Applications to Vegan Philosophy”

2010 University of California, Davis. “Talking Food, Talking Race: A Conversation About Racial Identity and Food Politics.”

  • ·A public dialogue between myself and Dr. Alison Alkon of University of the Pacific about notions of race, identity, and the politics of eating.

2010 Green Festival. “Grub Politics and Eco-Cultivation.” April 10, 2010.

  • ·Invited speaker: “Reflections on the Sistah Vegan Project “

2010 Farm Sanctuary. “Hoe Down Annual Event.” Orland, CA. May 1-2, 2010.

  • ·Invited keynote speaker: “A Compassionate Talk About Whiteness in USA Veganism.”

 2010 San Francisco State University Eat Well Be Well” Holistic Health Conference. April 17.

  • ·Keynote Panel Talk: “Addressing Race and Class Consciousness in the Vegan Health Movement.”

 2007 Invited speaker. Princeton University. October 10, 2007.

  • ·Panelist: “Is it appropriate to compare animal suffering with human suffering?” Responses to the PETA2 Animal Liberation project.

 2007 Invited speaker. Beloit College. October 5, 2007.

  • ·Lecture: “Exploring Decolonization of the Diet, Race, Speciesism, Racism and Justice.”

 2007 Invited speaker. University of Pittsburgh. July 19, 2007.

  • ·Lecture: “Race, Class, Food and YOU!”

 2007 Invited speaker. University of Vermont. April 2007.

  • ·Lecture: “Decolonizing the Diet and Eco-Sustainability.”

Honors, Fellowships & Awards

2011 T.O.F.U. Magazine grant recipient for the year 2011.

2011 VegFund Merit Award recipient. http://www.vegfund.org/

  • ·Monetary award ($1000) given to me for my work on the Sistah Vegan Project.

 2011 Tyke Scholar of the Year. Institute for Critical Animal Studies.

  • ·The Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS)  founded in 2001, is the first interdisciplinary scholarly center in higher education dedicated to establishing and expanding the field of Critical Animal Studies (CAS) http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org

2009-2011 Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship in Geography. UC Davis.

  • ·Fully funded doctoral studies research to explore food, race, and identity in the USA.

2010 A Well-Fed World grant recipient. http://awellfedworld.org/

  • ·Funded to explore how the African American cultural experience shapes plant-based dietary philosophies.

2007  Dean’s Award for Outstanding Masters Thesis in Educational Technologies. Harvard University.

 1998 Innovative Thesis Award. Department of Geography. Dartmouth College.

 1997 Citation for Excellent Coursework and Teaching Assistantship: “Introduction to Women’s Studies.”  Dartmouth College.

 1994 Citation for Excellent Coursework: “Geography of Food and Hunger.” Dartmouth College.

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One thought on “Curriculum Vitae of A. Breeze Harper

  1. I love your work, today I thought about recent horse meat found in European processed foods, I wondered what is else that we are eating but we don’t know yet or it’s toxic…I live in European but from I’m South Africa, my PhD research interest intends to focus on comparative theory of societal structures and the role of capitalism. It explores the role of capitalism in attracting black juveniles in American and South African prisons. It can cost $300 for labour and manufacturing to produce a luxury car part like a door, this excludes pension schemes but if more boys are thrown into jail, it can cost only $1 for labour while manufacturing costs can be reduced because there is no need to comply to ISOs for health and safety of workers meaning that, they can inhale dangerous toxins and car sprays without considering their health risks.

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