University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Dr. Shabazz is no longer at UVM. Now at Arizona State University

Faculty - Rashad Shabazz, Associate Professor

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Rashad Shabazz, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Rashad Shabazz is no longer at UVM

Area of expertise

Blackness and spatiality, geographies of race and racism, Black cultural studies, masculinity studies, gender studies, geographies of Black men, critical prison studies. Audio: Shabazz on prisons and the politics of disease.

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Dr. Shabazz's academic expertise brings together theories of race and racism, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies, within a methodological framework that draws on history, human geography, philosophy and literature. His research explores the ways in which race, class, sexuality and gender articulate through geographies of anti-Black racism. Currently Dr. Shabazz is working on a book manuscript that examines how Black identity, culture and anti-Black racism are produced and disciplined through spatiality. His scholarship has appeared in Souls and The Spatial-Justice Journal. A long time anti-prison activist, Dr. Shabazz cites activism as a catalyst for his scholarly work. He is an editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (a Canadian-based journal that publishes the work of prisoners around the world) and an organizer for Critical Resistance (an activist organization that seeks to redirect America's failed policy on incarceration). He has also taught at San Quentin Prison. He has taught an Integrated Social Science Program (ISSP) course titled "Prison Cities and Black Masculinity" and teaches an advanced level seminar course titled, "Black Space, Identity and Culture." Dr. Shabazz holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the Minnesota State University, Mankato (1999), an M.S. from the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at the Arizona State University (2002) and a Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008).

“Though I’ve worked in the fields of Black Studies and Ethnic Studies for over a decade, it’s been in the last few years that I’ve discovered the ways in which space and geography are so vital to how Black people experience everyday life.At the turn of the 20th century, W.E.B. DuBois, perhaps one of America’s most important scholars, put forth a proclamation, which placed space at the core of this country’s racial future: “The problem of the 20th century will be the problem of the color line”.Only now are we able to grasp the profound geographic knowledge DuBois articulated over one hundred years ago. As a researcher and teacher, I want readers and students to understand the importance of space when talking about race and gender. Therefore, it is my job to rummage through the texts and documents of Black folk and breathe new life into them by highlighting their geographic knowledge.”