Charter Schools, Black Social Life, and the Refusal of Death in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Justin Hosbey, PhD
CBSR Postdoctoral Fellow

Portrait of Justin Hosbey

Dr. Hosbey is a sociocultural anthropologist, interdisciplinary ethnographer, and Black studies scholar. Broadly, his intellectual work is interested in the ways that Black Americans have resisted anti-Black violence from the beginnings of racial slavery through its afterlife -- using, in the words of Lorraine Hansberry, "every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent, non-violent." More specifically, his ethnograpic work explores Black social and cultural life in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mississippi Delta regions, focusing on the ways that southern Black communities articulate insurgent modes of citizenship that demand the interruption of racial capitalism. His current ethnographic project utilizes research methods from the digital and spatial humanities to explore and visualize how the privatization of neighborhood schools and low income and working class Black communities has fractured, but not broken, Black space and place making in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.