Dr. Brandi Summers teaches in the African American Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her forthcoming book, Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City, explores the way that blackness structures efforts to raise capital and develop land in Washington, D.C. She has written several articles and essays that analyze the relationship between race, aesthetics, urbanization, and power that appear in both academic and popular publications. Her research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, among others. She is also co-founder of TEXTURES, a pop-up material culture lab creating and curating content at the intersections of fashion, bodies, and the built environment.
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