Jovan Lewis

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy
The People Lab


Job title: 
Assistant Professor of Human Geography; Founder/Director
Department of Geography
Berkeley Black Geographies Project

Jovan Scott Lewis is assistant professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  He co-leads the Economic Disparities research cluster in Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute. He received his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics. Jovan’s research is concerned with the articulations of racialized poverty, which he examines through questions of racial capitalism, underdevelopment, and radical terms of repair. He has conducted research in Jamaica on these topics, which culminated in his monograph, Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica. He is currently at work on his second monograph based on research conducted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which traces the consequences of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. 

Research interests: 
Black Geographies, Economic geography, Caribbean Thought, decoloniality, reparations and repair, poverty and inequality, race (blackness), the Caribbean (Jamaica), African-American communities (Tulsa, OK)