April L. Graham-Jackson

 

Photo Credit: Roderick E. Jackson 

PhD Student 

"We had a where before we had race. " -me

EDUCATION

AB       Mount Holyoke College

            Black Geographies, Summa Cum Laude (2018)

            High Honors Thesis: Mapping House and Black Bodies: Place-Making in the Black House Music and Cultural Community of Chicago

AGS     Harold Washington College

             Associate in General Studies, Honors (2015)          

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Chicago Metropolitan Area (Black Chicagoaspora), Black Geographies, Scale, Geo-ethnography, Geomusicology (house music/house culture and rap/hip hop), Black Popular Culture (1970s-2000s), Black Post-Civil Rights Generation, Black Generational Geographies, Urban-Regional Political Economy, Black Womanist/Feminist Thought and Praxis, Afro-Caribbean Thought, Black Cultural Studies 

CONFERENCES AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS

"Black Scale: Methodologies of Emplacing the Intersection" with Robert MoellerFeminist Research Methods and Intersectionality I & II,  American Association of Geographers, Seattle (2021) 

“Still Sweatin': Spatializing Intersectional Identities and Place-Branding Within the Black House Music and Cultural Community in Chicago” Engaged Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference, Harvard College (2018)    

“Still Sweatin': Spatializing Intersectional Identities and Place-Branding Within the Black House Music and Cultural Community in Chicago” Space, Place, and Music: New Research in the Study of Geography and Music, American Association of Geographers Conference, New Orleans (2018)     

Black Matters are Spatial Matters panel, American Association of Geographers Conference, New Orleans (2018)

TEACHING and RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS 

Mount Holyoke College, Graduate Teaching and Research Consultant (Dr. Preston H. Smith II)

  • Africana Studies/Politics: Black Metropolis: From MLK to Obama (Fall 2020) 

The University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student Researcher (Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis)

  • Forthcoming project concerned with the structural and infrastructural frictions of poverty in Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 2020-Present)

The University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student Reader (Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis)

  • Race, Space, and Inequality (Spring 2020)

Mount Holyoke College, Teaching and Research Assistant (Dr. Preston H. Smith II)

  • Africana Studies/Politics: Black Metropolis: From MLK to Obama (2015-2019)

SELECT AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS 

The University of California, Berkeley

Department of Geography Summer Grant (2021)

Mentored Research Fellowship  (2021-2022)

Department of Geography Summer Grant (2020)

Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study (2019-Present)                                                                                                           

Mount Holyoke College 

Mary Lyon Scholar (2018)                                                                                                           

Phi Beta Kappa Prize Winner (2018)                                                                                           

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholar (2015-2018)

Geography Senior Fieldwork Fellowship Award (2017, 2018)                                                    

Africana Studies Fellowship Award (2018)                                                                                  

Dean of Students Conference Grant (2017, 2018)                                                                                                                           

Barbara Benson '33 Memorial Prize (2017)                                                                                    

Public Leadership Education Network Leadership Grant Recipient (2016)

Frances Perkins Scholarship (2015-2018)

Roger W. Bardwell Scholarship (2015-2018)                                                                                    

Harold Washington College 

Friends of Harold Washington College Graduation Award (2015)                                         

Presidential Scholar (2014)   

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Black Geographies Specialty Group within the American Association of Geographers

Graduate Student Representative (June 2020-Present) 

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program 

Graduate Student Mentor (November 2020-May 2021)

MEMBERSHIPS

Society of Ethnomusicology 

Member (March 2021-Present) 

Phi Beta Kappa 

Member, Theta Chapter of Massachusetts (May 2018-Present)

American Association of Geographers 

Member (October 2016-Present) 

ADVISORS 

Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis (Chair)

Dr. Nathan F. Sayre 

Dr. Serin D. Houston