My Dissertation and Scholarly Interests
- Breeze Harper (in the middle) with Cee Know and DJ Cavem Moetavation in Denver, CO. She attended and keynote lectured at the Brown Suga Youth Festival.
About my research in intersections of black feminisms, critical race theory, and food politics
Aside from novel writing, overall my research interests are in Critical Geographies of Race and Food, with an emphasis on Critical Race studies, Black Feminisms, and Decolonial theories. I specifically look at alternative health and consumption philosophies of people in the USA (veganism, vegetarianism, raw foodism, “cruelty free”, “ethical consumption”, “green consumption”, organic foods, etc). Vegan Consciousness and the Food Commodity Chain: On the Neoliberal, Afrocentric, and Decolonial Politics of ‘Cruelty-Free’ is my 2013 dissertation. You can download it for free, here: Breeze Harper’s Dissertation.
Other Background Information
I engage mostly in qualitative research and believe that this is a useful complement to much of the statistical information about health in the Black community. I graduated from Harvard in 2007 with a Masters in Educational Technologies. My Masters research investigated: What are the challenges that Black female vegans using vegan-based health activism face when using cyberspace to promote and network around vegan based health advocacy and awareness, particularly for the Black community? My thesis title is: Cyberterritories of Whiteness: Language, ‘Colorblind’ Utopias, and Sistah Vegan Consciousness. I will connect my thesis work to my most recent anthology project: Sistah Vegan! Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Health, Identity, and Society (Lantern Books, March 2010) weaves together stories, poetry and critical essays by Black identified female vegans of the African Diaspora. Click Here for more Information.
The last project I just completed is a fiction novel, Scars, that I have written. The prose focuses on the intersectionality of race, class, sexuality, rural geography, and ” perceptions of White Privilege ” within the adolescent identity development of a Black teenage lesbian female named Savannah Sales and how she perceives racism’s effect on her life. This is the creative writing extension and complement to my 1998 qualitative research based thesis from Dartmouth College. It will be published by Black Coffee Press for 2012.
In 1998, I earned a B.A. in Feminist Geography from Dartmouth College , minoring in Women’s Studies. My thesis focused on Sexual Orientation Identity Development in Rural spaces, drawing heavily on Michel Foucault. It is entitled Foucault and the Heterosexist Panopticon. This can be downloaded from here: http://breezeharper.tripod.com/foucault_heterosexist.pdf The theorists and writers I have largely developed my research and inspiration from are: bell hooks, James Baldwin, Michel Foucault, Dick Gregory, Frantz Fanon, Katherine McKittrick, June Jordan, Maya Angelou, Edward Said, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Audre Lorde, Tim Wise, Thich Nhat Hanh, Angela Davis, Michelle Wright, Derrick Jensen, Lorraine Hansberry, Arundhati Roy, Arnold Farr, George Yancy and Chithra KarunaKaran. I hope you enjoy this site and please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
 This phrasing of my interests in regards to Whiteness, food and geography comes from Rachel Slocum PhD. http://www.rslocum.com/
Karunakaran, Dr. Chithra. Personal interview with professor of Sociology at
CUNY and former co-chair of National Women’s Studies Anti White
Supremacy Task Force. 19 November 2006.