Allison Guess is a PhD Student in the program of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), a Doctoral Fellow at the Futures Initiative and a Co-Chair of the Africana Studies Group at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Guess’ research is looks at Black geographies, Black peoples’ relationships to and with land in the Western Hemisphere and (Black) productions of place. Some of Guess’ scholarly work can be found published in the edited volume titled Deterritorializing/Reterritorializing: Critical Geography of Educational Reform (2017), American Quarterly (2016), Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society (2014), Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (2014). Aside from academia Allison has been a member of the Black/Land Project, a public community research/interview project that amplifies Black peoples’ relationships to land and place. Allison is also the New York City founding and former network leader of the national Black-led environmentalist advocacy organization, Outdoor Afro. Lovingly, Allison refers to herself as an evolutionary Black whirlwind and a geotheorist of Black relationships with Land, a concept she coined in 2014. Follow Allison on Twitter at @AllisonGuess1

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