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PhD, New York University
Ayasha Guerin is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and professor of Black Diaspora Studies in the Department of English Language and Literatures. Dr. Guerin is also faculty affiliate of the Centre for European Studies, the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, and a member of the Critical Image Forum research cluster at UBC.
Dr. Guerin received her PhD in 2020 from New York University’s American Studies program. Her first book project, Making Zone-A: Nature, Race and Resilience on New York’s Most Vulnerable Shores, explores Black social life and ecology in the city’s floodplain from the 17th-19th centuries. Tracing how colonial capitalism has cultivated a hierarchy of racial and species difference on urban landfill, it considers how activism on the waterfront has been shaped by diasporic relationships and interspecies entanglements. Her second project is focused on transnational Black feminism and arts activism in Berlin, Germany.
At UBC Dr.Guerin teaches courses ENGL 224 (World Literature in English: Imperial Intimacies) ENGL 368 (U.S. Literature from 1890: African Americans in their own Words) ENGL 551 (Studies in Literary Movements: Black Feminist Theory and Praxis) and ENGL 337 (Text and Image: Lovecraft Country). Dr. Guerin has also developed a Go Global summer course for undergraduate study, ENGL 377 (World Literature and Social Movements: Black Art and Literature in Berlin.)
During the 2022-23 Academic year, Dr. Guerin will be a scholar in residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, where they’ll be prioritizing manuscript writing, art creation and curatorial work for the Liberated Planet Studio.