Jovan Lewis

2018 to 2023
Assistant Professor of Human Geography
UC Berkeley
Founder/Director, 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.