New York University, PhD Candidate
Ayasha Guerin joins UBC from New York University’s American Studies program where her dissertation Making Zone-A: Nature, Race and Resilience on New York’s Most Vulnerable Shores explores ecological history and Black social life in 17th-19th Century New York. Tracing how colonial capitalism cultivated a hierarchy of racial difference on urban landfill, the project considers how Black activism on the New York waterfront has been shaped by diasporic relationships and interspecies entanglements. Her second project is focused on Black feminism and activism in Berlin, Germany, where she is conducting research in the Audre Lorde and May Ayim archives.