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Early Career Research Fellow - Monica Patrice Barra

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University of South Carolina


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


Project Category

Human and Social

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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Monica Patrice Barra is an assistant professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and Department of Anthropology and is a faculty affiliate in African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research uses long-term, in-depth qualitative research (ethnography) to understand the impacts of climate change and coastal science on communities of color in the U.S. South. Over the past five years she has focused these interests on coastal Louisiana, examining the extent to which racial inequities are exacerbated by the forces of sea level rise, land loss, coastal science, and environmental restoration. This work has led to her first book project, several resident-scientist collaborations focused on climate change adaptation research in the Gulf region, and a second ethnographic project focused on housing and land justice in the climate changed South. Her work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society at the University of South Carolina, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she is currently an Innovator Fellow with the Coastal Regions and Human Settlements cohort.


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